Picked wing on a chick. Am I doing the right things?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Duck Keeper, May 19, 2009.

  1. Duck Keeper

    Duck Keeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am not a vet, so I thought I should ask opinions on a greater majority of people.

    This little (straight-run) chick we purchased at Tractor Supply has been picked at until it had a hole in it's wing! The feather shafts (?) are still intact, but you can clearly see through his wing to her body. Yesterday, I took him into the house, poured hydrogen peroxide on it, then allowed it to stop bleeding, and put some Neosporin on the wound. The opening is about the size of a nickel. The little guy's in my room, with a heat lamp and food & water. She lives in an aquarium now. [​IMG]
    It's got a cover, but it doesn't go over the entire top because of the lamp, so I have to close the door to keep the two cats and the dog out.

    Right now, I have a very tame baby sitting on me as I type. [​IMG]




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  2. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    Be sure that you are not using Neosporin Plus. The anesthetic can kill birds. Other than that what you are doing will be okay.
     
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  3. Duck Keeper

    Duck Keeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think it is, but since I'm not sitting right next to it at this moment, I'll just stop using it all together until I can confirm or deny the presence of 'the plus'. Lol. [​IMG]


    Phew, I feel better now...
     
  4. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Any topical ointment with ingredients that have the letters -caine at the end of them is not OK to use (eg. lidocaine). It will kill your birds.

    Have you tried using pine tar on your chick to prevent other birds from picking at her? It's nasty, thick, and stinks to high heaven, but no one will bother her. As a matter of fact, they probably won't go anywhere near her. Someone turned me on to this stuff a couple weeks ago and it was super effective. Unpleasant, yes, but effective.
     

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