I Dropped a board on a chick

broodyhen2

Chirping
6 Years
Jan 15, 2014
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Was taking the roof off the run and I stupidly dropped it and the side of the board fell on the hen and her chicks. Luckily it only hit one and hit the chick on the leg. He can still walk and run but hunches over in the corner
Will he/she be all right? Is there anything I can do?
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chooks4life

Crowing
6 Years
Apr 8, 2013
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Was taking the roof off the run and I stupidly dropped it and the side of the board fell on the hen and her chicks. Luckily it only hit one and hit the chick on the leg. He can still walk and run but hunches over in the corner
Will he/she be all right? Is there anything I can do?
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When I click your link, this is what I get:
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I fixed it:
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(Just for future reference). ;)

Ok, onto your problem. I hope you don't mind me 'stealing' and re-uploading your pic here in plain sight for reference. (?)
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The blackness we see... Is that pigmentation or internal bleeding?

If he/she can still walk/run as you say, but prefers to hunch over in the corner, there is likely internal damage. Certainly it does look like a mass generalized trauma. If the chook can still run and its limb is holding correct formation, there's a decent chance it's not necessarily a hopeless break or fracture, but that said, internal trauma is very likely.

To be kind to the chick, and give it the best chance of survival, (provided the hen doesn't have a habit of trampling her babies), I strongly recommend you put her in a small run with her clutch, where the injured one will not be driven by fear of separation to run after its mother, thereby worsening its injuries.

Chicks are amazingly 'plastic' and can heal from having their whole skeletons smashed in dozens of places... Provided they are kept still, and warm, for at least half an hour. That's literally how rapidly they begin to fuse bones together again. If you haven't already done so, you can help this little one by just holding it in your hands for half an hour, or putting it somewhere it feels safe and warm, so it can 'set'. Even adult chickens can set a smashed skeleton in under 24 hours, given a chance, and in good health. (I know whereof I speak from experience, lol, but generally the typical setting time is at least a few days, often closer to a week).

There is a decent chance this chick is hemorrhaging on the inside. The less stress, and exercise it does now, the better. Depending on the severity of internal bleeding, being cold may be better. If the chick refuses to snuggle under its mother it may be due to this; sometimes they seek out very cold places to lie after receiving injuries and in quite a few cases I have reason to believe that controlled their internal bleeding by constricting capillaries etc.

Best wishes.
 

broodyhen2

Chirping
6 Years
Jan 15, 2014
180
3
71
Thanks for taking the time to reply. I really appreciate it. the chicks seems better and is acting like the rest. He/she will be fine
Thanks again
 

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