Hen with injured beak - pic added *Update*

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Pupsnpullets, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. Pupsnpullets

    Pupsnpullets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This morning one of my girls presented herself with a bloody, damaged beak. Ouch!! She can open it and is very gingerly trying to clean it off by wiping it on the ground. The bleeding has stopped and most of it seems intact. What is the best way to help her at this point?
     
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  2. Pupsnpullets

    Pupsnpullets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    um...any suggestions please....?
     
  3. Soccer Mom

    Soccer Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have any pics? It's hard to know what to say without knowing a little more. The first thing I would do is isolate her from the others and very gently clean and inspect the damage. Can she eat and drink normally?
     
  4. Countrywife

    Countrywife Corrupted by a Redneck

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    I would try softly cleaning it, and see if she can eat or drink
     
  5. PremierSilkies

    PremierSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Umm
    Had a white silkie cockerel get in a fight, hit the wall, outer layer of beak hanging by just the corner. Blood everwhere. Pulled the thing off, cleaned it up, put him in a wire bottom cage by himself until it hardened up. Another layer of beak came in over the last year, but he will never show. I did make sure when he went into a group it was only girls until the new layer came in. He is still good for my breeding program. And he is no longer a hard a** in the pen, lol
    They are tender for awhile and make sure they keep eating. I will hand feed mine if needed to make sure they eat. Lots of pets & hugs.
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  6. Pupsnpullets

    Pupsnpullets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I have her separated. She's in a Varikennel. Now for some more questions: what's the best thing to clean it with? I have bleach which I can dilute way down. Ditto for pinesole. Or just warm water. I think I have some peroxide, too.

    As for feeding I'm don't want to use really soft stuff like yogurt cos it will stick to her beak and cause her to wipe it clean. Scrambled egg, perhaps?

    Oh, I'll post pics as soon as she's cleaned up. Thanks for the help.
     
  7. Countrywife

    Countrywife Corrupted by a Redneck

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    I would just soften and clean with water until I could get a good look at it. I would hesitate to put anything else on it until you find out if there is a hole or anything. Just gently clean it with water to find out what you are dealing with.
     
  8. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Saline water or very dilute iodine. I wouldn;t use bleach and I DEFEINTELY would not use pinesol. Feed soft foods until it has healed.
     
  9. Pupsnpullets

    Pupsnpullets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, of course cleaning her up got her bleeding again, darn it. And being separated is stressful for her even though she is the calmest of all the girls. Thank God it wasn't Annie, the Brown Leghorn.

    Can't tell much from the picture but she has bruising at the base of the beak and some skin off. The tip of the beak is gone but her tongue appears undamaged. I've put some rescue remedy in the water to help with the stress and if the bleeding doesn't stop within a few minutes I'll give her a homeopathic remedy and throw a blanket over the kennel.

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  10. Pupsnpullets

    Pupsnpullets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My injured girl is eating like a pig [​IMG] so unless something goes wrong she's on the road to health and well-being. Thanks everyone.
     

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