My chick got pecked on her head Questions!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pkforever, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. pkforever

    pkforever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mar 8, 2010
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    I have a 2 week old polish, who is living inside away from my 3 other birds. Well today I thought I would take her out and introduce her to the other three just a real quick kind of thing to see how it went. It went badly. Lucy my BO attacked the poor thing and before I could scoop it up she had pecked her poor little top hat. It now looks like this...
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    Is there anything I should do?? I cleaned it with a bit of peroxide and rinsed that off with water then dried it.
    Also those feathers will grow back right?
     
  2. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    The feathers will grow back, surprisingly quickly. It shouldn't be a problem and she will recover by herself [​IMG]
     
  3. pkforever

    pkforever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today the area is all purple colored. I'm assuming that is just the area bruising over from the initial peck. Am I correct?
     
  4. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2009
    Seattle
    Stay away from using peroxide on open wounds if possible, because it can kill off living tissue. Use a saline solution to clean wounds. I fill a clean large syringe with saline and squirt it at the open wound, to get out all the dirt and bacteria.

    I'd clean her wound again with saline, then put on some antibiotic cream. Neosporin is good. There's a painkiller you're supposed to stay away from, with chickens. Lidocaine, maybe? If you don't have antibiotic cream, dab on some iodine.

    Keep her isolated until the wound begins to heal over. Feathers will regrow when the tissues are healed. Be sure you keep a very close eye on her when reintroducing. Maybe also spray some blu-kote (from feedstores) onto the area, when you reintroduce, so the flock doesn't start pecking at the red unfeathered skin, again.
     
  5. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2009
    Seattle
    The purple might be a bruise. What's important is that any inflammating & swelling is going down - not the other way.
     
  6. incubatingisfun

    incubatingisfun Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2009
    Alaska
    ive had this happen twice to me just keep it clean it heals very fast
     

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