Injured Chicken Please help....GRAPHIC pictures. Not for the weary.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by startrek4d, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. startrek4d

    startrek4d Out Of The Brooder

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    I have read as much here as I could about the injuries to members chickens. I do not have a lot of money and some of these medicines are too hard to even pronounce. I am learning about my chickens as my husband brought them home unbenounced to me. I caught a racoon in my pen last night. It has taken a few of my chickens and as of last night (now scarred away for good I hope) he has taken the wing of my young rooster (just starting to crow) and 2 toes from the last one of my laying hens. Can anyone please, please give me some direction? I want to help them. There is no more bleeding apparent and I have 6 children with lots of medicine around the house. I once gave a kitten the babys antibiodics (amoxicillian) which apparently is good for the kitties too...As per the vet... what do you think? My thanks, for anything that may help.
     
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  2. Zookeeper9000

    Zookeeper9000 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am really sorry for you r dead and injured birds I can't help as I am pretty new to chickens too. I can tell ya that the only way to get rid of that coon is to kill it if it isn't dead it will be back.

    Take care again so sorry
     
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  3. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Is the roo's wing completely gone or is there a stump?
    If nothing is still bleeding they should be alright...
    BUT they need to be kept quiet and warm and away from danger, like the Masked Bandit...

    Clean their wounds, slather with an antibiotic cream like neosporin, and wrap loosely in gauze.

    As for the the raccoon, he'll keep coming back...until there's none left. Blast him! Trap him! Make him into a hat!

    If your pen is made of chicken wire, you might've well buried your money in the back yard, it's not worth even free.
    And the birds need an enclosed, safe place for sleeping...they practically turn off for the night...
     
  4. startrek4d

    startrek4d Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much. Yes the pen is chicken wire. Im going to Home Depot tomorrow to get materials to build new wooden nest houses and get different wire to go over whole pen. The racoon came back this afternoon (ironicly)while I was on here and got one of the baby rabbits.. 2 wks old. Broke his back pulling him out, then left him wedged there... The rooster seems to be doing great. His wing is broken off at the middle..but still some hanging on that was left over after the second joint with a broken bone showing. I used saline cleanser, an antibiodic spray pain reliever (hospital strength) betadine and neosporin. I have pictures... I just got off racoon duty... I'll be back on in the morning if you wouldn't mind having a look at the pictures.... or if anyone can, I'd appreciate any input. I got lucky enough to have a friend in the rescuse business... didn't know much about Chickens... but helped me clean them up and bandage my rooster. He stuck around long enough to settle everthing down and secure the cage as much as possible. Wish me luck... and THANK YOU ALL for being here. I'll be back on in the AM with the pictures for your opinion...
     
  5. startrek4d

    startrek4d Out Of The Brooder

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    Well,, we made it through the night. Nothing to report. Today we build new pens. These are the pictures. I hope that they come out.. I can't figure out how to post them. Our Rooster is doing great and still has the bandage on. The hen is limping a bit more today.. [​IMG]
    So, my questions.... Do I change the Roosters dressing every day? And what should I do about my hen's poor toes? Any advice will be greatly apreciated.


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  6. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Yes, to the roo's bandage-- although he REALLY SHOULD see a vet about taking the broken exposed bone down to the joint and getting some big time antibiotics for that. Put the hen on the sofest easily cleanable surface you can. A foam kitchen mat, maybe. Disinfect the toes daily, she ought to have an antibiotic, too. She might be able to have some aspirin water to help with pain. DON'T use products containing benzocaine on chickens. I noticed what might be some of those in your post.
     
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  7. Western Chick

    Western Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a duck miraculously come back from a nasty injury like that, we used EMT gel. A friend happened to have it in the first aid kit for his hunting dog. The stuff is amazing, it is an antibiotic gel that dries like a skin over the injury to keep dirt and germs out. You can find it at your local farm store, I've seen it near the equine meds.
     
  8. startrek4d

    startrek4d Out Of The Brooder

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    Got it.. No more benzocaine... I will try to find someone (Vet) to take off the wing at the break and get some antibiodics. I have just the perfect thing for my precious hen I think.. Thank goodness for you.. all of you... Thank you!
     
  9. startrek4d

    startrek4d Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Im on my way! Thank you!
     
  10. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Thanks for the pics...they do help a ton...
    Sorry about the bunny..
     

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