Injured chicken

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by codieb, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. codieb

    codieb New Egg

    Jan 30, 2016
    Hi all,

    I have five eight day old chicks in a brooder that's in my house at the moment. I woke this morning to find that my cat has managed to reach in and attack one chick. She has a wound on one wing and her other is all but gone. Is there anything I can do to help her chances of survival? She doesn't seem to be too stressed but I'm worried she will go into shock and I'll loose her.

    Thanks for any suggestions.
  2. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    It would be best to go straight over to the emergency forum. Post what happened, the extent of the injuries and what course of action you have taken so far. While you're waiting for an answer, separate her from the other chicks (if you haven't already) and clean her wounds so they don't get infected. Keep her isolation area warm with a light and put some electrolytes in her water.

    Good luck, I hope she'll be ok.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I'm very sorry to hear that. That is the problem with cats, they can't resist from maiming or killing things smaller than themselves. You either have to keep them under lock and key, or protect chickens that way. Chickens generally have great recuperative powers but, I doubt baby chicks are among them. Shock is what usually kills them - and also protects them from the pain of being eaten alive. Either way it is not a good outcome.
  4. codieb

    codieb New Egg

    Jan 30, 2016
    Thanks for the reply. The poor thing is doing a lot of sleeping. I have made some changes to the brooder so the cat won't be able to reach in anymore.
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Sorry, i did not welcome you on your other thread on the same topic, so [​IMG] I hope that you enjoy being a member of BYC as much of the rest of us.

    all the best
  6. codieb

    codieb New Egg

    Jan 30, 2016

    Thank you.. I am always reading threads on this site whenever I have any questions so I thought I might as well join. Everyone has been so helpful :)
  7. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. Good luck with your girl.
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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