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I need HELP i have an injured chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by missydney, Jan 4, 2015.

  1. missydney

    missydney In the Brooder

    Jul 14, 2014
    I am new to chickens and one of our hens has a large open area under her left wing..... it is larger then a half dollar and you can see what looks to me like the muscles etc. it doesn't look infected but the edges of the open are so far apart it looks like you could pull it together and put stiches in it.... I have no idea what to do with her.... she seems to be eating, drinking and pooping fine otherwise. in our small coop we have total 4 hens and 1 rooster..... I would appreciate any help I can get....
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging 7 Years

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Sounds like a predator grabbed her.

    Flush the wound with saline solution. If it just happened, you can use hydrogen peroxide after the saline flush. If you don't know how long it's been or if after the first day, use organic iodine/betadine. After the betadine flush, spread an eye type triple antibiotic ointment/Neosporin. The eye type melts at body temp so will work it's way into the tissue.
    I'd do this 2 or 3 times a day till it starts to heal.
  3. lady birds

    lady birds In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2014
    last night A predator got into a 4" circle ceiling opening of my coop- I think in rain wood swelled and kicked open hinge (it's fixed now) but I have only the feathers remaining of my big maran and my favorole has a huge gash to her thigh. I have treated the wound and separated her from the remaining 4 hens. she is indoors in a dog crate I so so hope she makes it thru the night ! ! !I purchased 2 month old wyandotte at the nearby feed store today and hope they are going to thrive. San Diego Area does not often get the frost we have had this past week
  4. lady birds

    lady birds In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2014
  5. marelynnshapiro

    marelynnshapiro In the Brooder

    Dec 29, 2014
    I keep a,supply of dissolvable,sutures and,needles from my friendly vet. Just put a,towel over her head and sew up the wound. If you use hydrogen peroxide you must rinse it off. Give her amoxi clavamox for 5/days. This just works if its,a new wound.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2015
  6. lady birds

    lady birds In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2014
    not new wound? 5 days now but I know a lot from this experience if it ever happens again

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