Injured hen, not sure what I can or should do for her...(pheasant hen)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Enjaytoo, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. Enjaytoo

    Enjaytoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ...not sure if I should post this here, but she is a "hen" after all...She is a 5 month old Red Golden Pheasant hen, and yesterday I found her under a pine bough, on the ground.. Her left leg seems to be injured, she hopped across the run, holding the leg up, then went right back down. I have put her in a hospital cage/dog crate, after examining her leg and foot...I could find nothing. I am assuming she may have caught it on something put other than that assumption, I have no other clues. I thought rest in a hospital cage would be a good idea, EXCEPT, she is not eating at all. I am concerned about trying to force feed her, as the pheasants are not like my chicken hens and a bit more flighty and wild (I didnt want to stress her more) Any ideas of what I could possibly do or give her? I've offered her her regular feed, in addition to scrambled eggs, chopped spinach and chopped grapes but nothing seems to catch her eye, she just lays on the bottom of the cage [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2009
  2. Miss Sebright

    Miss Sebright Little Hen.....Big Attitude!

    Apr 3, 2009
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    I'd say wrap her in a towel and force feed her. Other than that I don't know, good luck!
     
  3. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2007
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    try and do a recheck..

    check the leg joints for any sign of injury.
    any heat or swelling.
    check back/hip area for heat or swelling.
    check the feet good...use a flashlight if necessary...between the toes and bottoms of feet..look for any splinter or something sticking her or broken toe nail..
    any sore, any raised area, any scab, any heat or swelling.

    give 1 (81mg)plain aspirin in 1 quart of water and give some by drops on beak if she won't drink.

    most birds are easier to handle after roost time when they are sleepy. wrap her in a towel to keep from flapping..

    will wait for your reply.
     
  4. Enjaytoo

    Enjaytoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Doing right now......wish me luck...

    ...I brought her in the garage, examined her head to toe, with a light on my hat and a regular flashlight. Other than feeling slightly light, I could find not one single thing out of place. Of course I'm no expert but the legs felt ok, all seemed the same temperature and nothing on or around the toes or legs. When I set her down, she falls" to her breast, and slightly fluffing her wings and stretching them out a little as if for balance. I got her to take a little (honey/sugar/aspirin) water with a dropper. After putting her back in the cage, I wet a piece of bread in the liquid and wiggled it in front of her and she grabbed it! So she did end up getting maybe 6-8 small bites of bread, but only if I wiggled it in front of her. I wonder/hope its some type of strain, as nothing seems broken.

    Maybe tomorrow try some meal worms? I could gut load them maybe? Does she need antibiotics or just pain relief? I have other (dog/horse) leftover meds but I an not sure what is safe for poultry (in the pain meds)...
     
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  5. Enjaytoo

    Enjaytoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Still wondering if anyone has any other thoughts on what I could give my golden hen...She seems a bit better today, ate bread I offered (soaked in honey/sugar/asprin water)...seems alert, no discharge anywhere, droppings appear normal.... I'm thinking it may have been the large post/redwood timber I had in the pen (had it propped up with other wood) but foolishly thought it was secure enough.. She was under the pine boughs right next to the fallen end. I dont know, just hoping someone has some more thoughts on what I could give her (antibiotics? more pain relief? just more time to heal?)
     

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