Large wound what is to big? need stitches?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by litredhen, May 17, 2009.

  1. litredhen

    litredhen Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 29, 2008
    I have a RIR hen with a large wound on left hip under wing. I believe from our Giant rooster constantly jumping on her? Most of the skin has been pulled away!!! Exposing underneath. Wound is 3 inches by 2 inches or so!! It has started to crust over but is not very clean. I will clean it out.
    And I seperated her.

    But how do I know if she can make it without stitches?
    I don't want to bring her to the vet, can't afford it at the moment.
  2. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    I would clean it good and only use peroxide once as it kills new skin growth
    then use a product called Beditine as it is for staring new growth to clean the wound
    I fell and have been using it on my skin to grow a crust on the outside and then I use Meroclear and put it on the sores

    this will keep the flies off ot and you will need some medication to gight infection

    email me for some ideas PM me
    I will be on line for some time now

    she will need kept alone
  3. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    I use iodine wash to clean wound and stitch them. You can get 3/0 sutures or use fly tying 3/0 silk. Then I give them 1 1/2 cc of BP-48 which is a combi-penicillin. I have a hen still running around with 50 stitches. She was thrashed twice and was a dirty mess! Any time they get a gash and I do not give them a shot of combi-pen they get infections and die.
  4. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    Make sure that you clean it well and use betadine solution on it. Definately keep her seperated until she heals completely. You may want to use a "saddle" on her if she happens to be the roos favorite. This will prevent him from doing this again.
    Keeping is clean and dry is important and watch for infection (pus and smell).
    Hope she heals well.
    Last edited: May 17, 2009
  5. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 19, 2009
    You probably won't need to stitch it. I had a goat tear the hide off her side. The wound was about a foot square. I took her to the vet fully expecting him to stitch her up. He didn't. He just cleaned and disinfected the wound, trimmed off the ragged edges and sent her home with some ointment that I was to apply every day. It healed up with just a tiny scar. That was a goat. Chickens heal up better than goats do.
  6. litredhen

    litredhen Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 29, 2008
    Thanks for all the tips. We will see how she does!

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