Injured baby chick, need advice

affacat

Chirping
9 Years
May 21, 2011
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We've usually had great luck introducing baby chicks to broody potential mommas, but today we had the broody hen attack the first chick we dropped in.

My wife managed to separate them and rescue the chick, but not before the hen did some damage. It's really hard to tell how serious, but best case we think she simply tore out a large batch of back feathers [almost all]. The skin looks red and raw... but we don't see any bleeding. Despite the lack of bleeding, it does look terrible... at first i thought the skin itself might be torn off but due to lack of bleeding I now doubt that.

We dripped Hibiclens all over the area and then gently rubbed a thick layer of antibiotic ointment over the area. Is there anything else we should do? Is their any pain relief we can give a baby chick?

Currently setting up the garage to raise them ourselves... we've done that before though were hoping to avoid it.
 

affacat

Chirping
9 Years
May 21, 2011
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1
94
Also.. should we separate the injured chick? They are only a couple days old. I noticed in another thread it recommended separation, but that was about two week olds...
 

Stipenvlerk

Songster
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We've usually had great luck introducing baby chicks to broody potential mommas, but today we had the broody hen attack the first chick we dropped in.

My wife managed to separate them and rescue the chick, but not before the hen did some damage. It's really hard to tell how serious, but best case we think she simply tore out a large batch of back feathers [almost all]. The skin looks red and raw... but we don't see any bleeding. Despite the lack of bleeding, it does look terrible... at first i thought the skin itself might be torn off but due to lack of bleeding I now doubt that.

We dripped Hibiclens all over the area and then gently rubbed a thick layer of antibiotic ointment over the area. Is there anything else we should do? Is their any pain relief we can give a baby chick?

Currently setting up the garage to raise them ourselves... we've done that before though were hoping to avoid it.
I’m sorry no one came around to answer your question,
how is your baby chick today?
 

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