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how do I treat injured chickens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by msshepherdess, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. msshepherdess

    msshepherdess Out Of The Brooder

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    Somehow, 3 of my 2 month old chicks got injured in their coop. We've been very puzzled thinking predator or other chicks, then looking for a place in there that they could get hurt on. 3 of them have injured one leg, one very raw and bloody, 2 others can't walk and just look like the skin is scraped but can't walk. Is there anything I can do for them? I have them isolated but they don't seem to be improving any. (We fixed one potentially hazardous place and so far-after 4 days- no more injuries.) I have washed the worst one and sprayed vet antiseptic spray. I try to move them about daily to keep them from "freezing" up but that hasn't helped. They are eating and drinking. Any hope?
     
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  2. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * What's in your vet antiseptic spray? Usually, we recommend Neorporin for minor scrapes and owies. Only use a product without benzocaines or any other pain numbers ending with "caine". Benzocaines can be toxic for chickens. Is there any sign of infection?
     
  3. After you wash the wound, try some blue coat or wonder dust. You can find these in the horse section at your feed store. I would give them vitamines. electrolytes and tetracycline in their waterer in a low concentration. Do this for about 10 days. Sounds like you are doing pretty well. As long as they eat, drink and poop good, I would say it is a go. Leg injuries are not a good thing for a chicken. Be sure you have food and water close and do keep them isolated. A warm bed, a kind word and a little hand and foot care will go a long way. Well, in a chickens case a little wing and foot care.
     
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  4. msshepherdess

    msshepherdess Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, next question. The worst one's let seems pretty useless now and she won't let me mess with it. It seems pretty frozen. Another almost as bad and one is actually putting her foot down some. Can they survive on one leg? Will they ever be able to get by on their own or should I give up?
     

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