Injured Chick - Help Please!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bellmare, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. bellmare

    bellmare Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks are in their own room in the house but this morning one of my kids accidentally didn't shut the door all the way and our cat pushed it open. She didn't want to kill the chicks but they must have been tempting to swat at because she did claw one of them along the bottom, drawing blood.

    I caught her within moments of it happening and assessed the damage. It didn't look fatal and I took the chick and rinsed her under warm water until the blood was washed away and wrapped her in a washcloth to help her dry. I let her back under the heat plate with the other chicks and monitored her.

    I just flipped her over to look at her bottom just a few hours after the incident and her fluff was matted to her bottom with a gluey, crusty substance. I rinsed her again and dried her.

    Just now I noticed the gluey stuff is there again. I'm posting pictures of it, hopefully y'all can tell me if I need to continue to rinse this stuff off or if it is there for a reason to help her heal.
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    I could not get your pictures to enlarge, but I think it is just part of the normal healing process.
     
  3. bellmare

    bellmare Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was having trouble posting them from mobile. I'm uploading one from my home computer now that I'm home.[​IMG]
     
  4. bellmare

    bellmare Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It appears wet in the photo, but it is almost like dried egg white - very stiff and hard. I checked his/her vent area to make sure this stuff wasn't plugging her up there in case it has to poo. It doesn't appear to be blocking the vent but is very stuck to her tail area and when I tried poking around she peeped extra loud so I stopped messing with it. She is a fresh hatchling but doesn't appear in shock or lethargic - maybe just an extra bit wobbly on the leg that the cat seemed to scratch.
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Looks almost like plasma like material trying to form a scab or protective covering on the scratch. I'd just make sure that it does not block the vent of the chick.
     

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