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Please help with rooster's bleeding mouth from fight

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Carchick, Feb 7, 2015.

  1. Carchick

    Carchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My rooster go into another fight where he killed the other bird and his mouth is bleeding. It's not from the beak but looks like it's the bottom of his mouth at the very front. I have been trying to wipe away the other dried blood from around his face. He is separated from his hens and comfortable as possible. Please let me know what I can do to help him. He does walk but is worn out and that's why I have him in one of the hen boxes so he can't move but just rest.

    Nobody is beating themselves up more than me right now. I had no idea the 2 birds that found themselves in my yard a few months back were gamecocks...I just thought they were beautiful birds. I had to separate them recently do to one of them becoming aggressive due to other hens. It was a beautiful day and let them all out. I was outside and kept an eye on them. I left them alone for a little while and that's all it took. Please help if you can......
     
  2. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's not your fault about the roosters. You tried to give them a good home, how were you to know their background. When people have mouth wounds we can use ointments and gauze but mostly things have to heal on their own. I'm not sure what you can put in his mouth that would do any good for more than 5 minutes. Maybe someone else does, I'll look around and see what I can find. Sorry about the other roo :(
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I'm not sure how to help him other than to apply some pressure to the spot that is bleeding for several minutes to help it clot. Just let him rest up for a few days, give him some feed with water in it to make it mushy and easier to eat. You might not want to hatch any eggs from your hens or you will end up with more mixed game birds. Game chickens are very pretty, and the females are good mothers, but the cock birds do fight.
     
  4. Carchick

    Carchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you both for your responses. I will keep that in mind about hatching any eggs from the hens...I haven't planned on doing it but now I definitely won't.

    At first I thought it was coming from the mouth but upon closer inspection, it looks like it's coming from either the nostril or puncture on top of his beak that is leaking into the side of his mouth. He is only breathing through his mouth. Should I try to clean his beak and if so with what?
     
  5. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I didn't find much. the only things I can think of other than what Eggcessive said, if the wound is deep enough to need cleaning ( highly unlikely) People, use a mix of peroxide and water or salt in water for rinse or gargle but .... Think Q-tip here, don't let him drink it. Most likely you don't have to do anything at all, just drinking water should help keep the wound clean. He'll be ok. [​IMG]
     
  6. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I thought the wound was inside. A little peroxide on a cotton ball will work to clean his beak and nostrils, or just plain water. Make sure his beak is not cracked. If it is, post again. He might have a nostril injury (kinda weird) but he is most likely still breathing through his mouth from blood plugged nostrils or stress from such an awful fight. He should be breathing normally by tomorrow. If not, post again.[​IMG]

    ETA: Check his whole feathery body for injury, he could have puncture wounds from spurs that are hidden.
     
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2015
  7. Carchick

    Carchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It looks like a little sliver of his beak is hanging, you can't tell it from the picture. I thought perhaps it was little piece of mulch or something and was gently trying to remove it. I stopped when it appeared it didn't want to release easily. I tried to clean his beak with water and peroxide,[​IMG]

    a little and around his nostrils, but I don't want to stress him too much. He is drinking a little which is good, but I hope the bleeding will stop. Can you tell anything from the picture?
     
  8. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't see the sliver of course but if it is not part of his beak, it should fall off eventually. He looks extremely distressed. Looks like typical fight wounds for the most part. Combs and faces bleed easily, but I don't see anything which won't stop within a few hours, You can try putting some flour on the bleed to help it clot. Keep the lighting dim where he is, put towels over the crate, leave just enough light in his cage for him to be able to see his food and water. Make sure he is drinking or you will have to make him. Ask how so you don't choke him. Don't worry if he doesn't eat right now.
    If he doesn't eat breakfast, then a bit of worry is due. You can gently apply triple antibiotic to all of those facial wounds. You can wait till tomorrow if he's still stressing right now. Water is the only must have at this point.
     
  9. Carchick

    Carchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't see your post or else I would've responded sooner! Thanks for all your help! He (Arthur) is back to his normal self, I can't believe how quick of a recovery he made. By the 2nd day he refused to be shut off from his girls and he knocked down the gate I had up...well actually twice he did it. I put him back after the first time not thinking he was ready and when he did it again....I knew he was. I have been feeding him and his group of 4 hens cooked oatmeal with bananas in it. I wasn't sure how he would eat his regular feed with part of his beak missing and this way I knew he would... he was digging right in there. He's even eating some of the other food along with bread. He really is very tame around the hens and with us, he has always been very friendly. I still wish things went differently and the rooster, he was a good boy too. I am though very thankful Arthur is fine and so are his girls. Thanks again for all your help!
     

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