Please help, dog injured baby chick..

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Exotica, Sep 28, 2015.

  1. Exotica

    Exotica C'est La Vie

    Please help. I'm hysterical and cannot think straight right now.

    My dog has been around my chicks before but always supervised. I've never left them alone
    but my Mother, who I've warned THOUSANDS of times to NOT LET MY DOG OUT - let him out because "I've seen them together
    when you're there and it's okay." My dog is also a small dog so she thought it would be okay.
    Well now she knows and feels immensely guilty for not listening to me.

    Unfortunately, I was doing an essay that was due for my ENG 1C: Critical Thinking class so I did not notice he was gone.

    I had just finished my coop last week and I let them out for a little bit before I went in to finish my essay.
    My little sister (12) was sick today so she was walking in and out to play with the chicks/do whatever she does, so I wasn't worried.

    20 minutes later I hear a scream.. I come out to two of my Blue Silkies, my Light Brahma, and Red Laced Blue Wyandotte dead.
    My Cream Legbar also seemed dead and ants were all over it.

    As I went to go pick up their bodies to bury.. my Cream Legbar moved and I quickly killed all the ants on her and removed her.

    The rest I buried in their favorite place to dust bathe.. and together, as a flock. [​IMG]

    Anyways, Avery is in a shoe box with pine shavings and a heat lamp right now since she is only about 1.5 weeks old.
    When I first found her, I used a straw to feed her drops of honey infused water with Save-A-Chic.

    At first she was breathing heavily but now her breathing is normal. She has been sleeping since 3PM.. I believe it is shock.
    The Save-A-Chic is in the bowl and some food but she hasn't ate anything. I do not want to force her..
    She did move! From one side of the box to the other.. and is now sleeping again. She wasn't able to stand up fully though and just sorta
    hobbled over.. I think her leg is broken..

    What do I do now? What should I feed her tomorrow if she refuses to eat?

    Update: She just opened her eyes, hobbled a bit, and pooped. I believe her left leg is broken
    or she just doesn't have the energy to walk?


    ^ When I first picked her up..

    ^ From left to right.. Rest In Peace my sweet babies: Cadence the Red Laced Blue Wyandotte, Dakota the Blue Silkie,
    Esmé the Light Brahma, and Eden the Blue Silkie.. [​IMG]

    ^ 15 minutes after I picked her up..

    ^ 20 mins..

    ^ She hobbled over here by herself.. I also change where the water and food bowl are.
    The AC is on in my room since it is so hot in California. My room is about 70 so the heat lamp that close
    brings her up to about 85-90 (I checked with my thermometer).

    ^ Not bloody red but very, very, very slightly pink.. so does that mean no internal injuries?
    Hopefully it's not something else like her lungs ):

    ^ Poor Avery.. Please make it through love but if you can't, I will not selfishly keep you here.

    I'm mostly mad at my mother because I've honest to God told her countless times to please keep my dog inside if I am not there.
    Today she finally understands why but it was not worth four lives.. potentially five. I'm not sure what to do..
    Should I put Avery out of her misery or give her a chance? When should I make that decision? If she doesn't get better in three days.. four.. two?
    What do I feed her? I'm just so broken right now.. This is my first flock and the first animals that have ever died on me..
    And it was all just so unnecessary... [​IMG]
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Spring Dreaming Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Sorry, I had my dog get a few of my young chickens two years ago, the best you can do is keep it warm and leave it alone for a day or two, it will be in shock, let it be, tomorrow you can check for broken bones if it survives, than go from there.

    I'm sure your mother didn't want this to happen, we all make mistakes, and learn from them, now you know your dog can do this so you know to keep you chickens penned unless you are watching them.

    Give your chick a couple of days to determine if it can survive, I have seen chickens come back from some pretty bad injuries. Good luck and hopefully your chick gets to feeling better.
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2015
  3. egg0

    egg0 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 11, 2015
    Long Beach, CA
    Sorry to hear that. I had some chicks that sonehow squeeze its way out of their section off enclosures and got attacked by the older hens. Some had died but the ones that survived had limped around. But they are pretty resilent and healed right up after a week. Goodluck to you.
  4. Exotica

    Exotica C'est La Vie

    Yeah, at the end of the day it was a lesson learned and she was not going to change her ways until something like this happened.
    Thank you so much<3 I will keep you guys updated!

    Thank you for your encouraging words! It means a lot! I'll post pictures early tomorrow!
  5. liz72703

    liz72703 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 19, 2015
    Fayetteville, AR
    How is Avery doing? Any change?
  6. PerfectPlumage

    PerfectPlumage Chillin' With My Peeps

    If her leg is broken and she starts to try to walk on it more, prevent her from putting pressure on her leg and make her a little sling[​IMG]
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  7. Exotica

    Exotica C'est La Vie

    Thank you both for commenting on this post.
    I honestly thought she was going to be dead by the time I woke up but this morning
    she was peeping and sitting in the water bowl (the water only went up to half her chest since the heat lamp evaporated some).
    I moved her back to the shavings and she has been sleeping ever since. She does seem to be getting bit better
    since she will peep and attempt to move if she hears sounds/movement. Otherwise she is just sleeping.

    Thank you SO MUCH for the contraption! I will try to make one today so that hopefully her bones will heal straight.
    I'm not sure if it's her leg bone or wing that's broken. Both her legs look completely find and straight to me. She did stand up for a little but
    leaned a bit to her right where her wing was drooping. I very gently extended and distended each leg and they look fine. Maybe she pulled a leg muscle?
    Her right wing is drooping though.. so I'm not sure.

    She hasn't ate or drank anything since 2PM yesterday when I found her and fed her some Save-A-Chic through the straw.
    Should I let her have some more? I have a blender and I'm willing to blend some of the fermented feed with applesauce then slowly feed her with a dropper.. but should I?
  8. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Spring Dreaming Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    When the dog got mine it took a couple of days before they started to perk up, and it was about two weeks before they looked normal, she's probably really sore, and I wouldn't mess with her too much, but certainly offer food and water to her so she doesn't have to move too much.
  9. Exotica

    Exotica C'est La Vie

    I'm so glad yours got better! So there IS hope!
    Should I blend the food? I'm scared that it'll be too much on her digestive system..
    I'm just going to go ahead and blend a bit of applesauce with some of the fermented food and save a chic
  10. liz72703

    liz72703 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 19, 2015
    Fayetteville, AR
    I would definitely keep giving the electrolytes.

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