Pullet with puncture wound on leg

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ChickenGirl 19, Sep 21, 2014.

  1. ChickenGirl 19

    ChickenGirl 19 Out Of The Brooder

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    I've been on this board way too much the past few days.

    After two badly injured chicks, a seemingly sick hen who suddenly stopped having any symptoms and now a 15 week old pullet with a puncture wound...

    My chicken Fred managed to get herself stuck behind the feed storage shed and made a big fuss, with the roosters adding to the noise. I got her out of there by lifting her and I put her down. She ran under the tree she usually hides under with the rest of her siblings.

    An hour or two later I go back down and, even with the other chickens running up to see me, she's still under the tree, panting. Considering it wasn't hot out that was weird, so I picked her up to feel something sticky. She had stabbed herself with the fence wire and there was a hole about half the size of a dime.

    All the feathers around the wound were covered in blood. After a quick rinse I flushed the wound with Betadine and bandaged it.

    What else should I do, if anything? She's in her own cage right now since she limps when she tries to walk.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I would put some Neosporin ointment on it, and clean it for a couple of days, since puncture wounds can abscess within 2-3 days. With dog and cats, I usually try to keep the puncture wound open for 2 days with peroxide and neosporin, then let them close and heal from the inside out.
     
  3. ChickenGirl 19

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    She's gotten worse now. Around her wound is green and her joint has swollen to three times it's proper side.

    This is her healthy leg:
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    This is her injured leg:
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    She squawks a lot if you try to touch it too. At this point I'm thinking it might be kinder just to put her down.
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    The green skin is most likely bruising. Keep applying the Neosporin, and clean it with betadine if it looks goopy. The leg looks like it is broken or there is a bad sprain in the joint. I would keep her caged for at least 2 weeks or you could try a chicken sling like the ones below:

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    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    More examples of green bruising:

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  6. ChickenGirl 19

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    Okay , I brought Fred inside since I found another room to move the injured chicks. Fred is where I can check on her the most.

    I plan on trying to make the sling- are there any posts you could suggest that could help, or any other BYCers I could talk to?

    Thanks a bunch.

    Fred in her cage:
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    This is what I could make, at least for now. The sling's a bit low, but it keeps her weight off of her bad leg. She keeps trying and failing to escape before noticing the feed and eating.

    Her new sling:
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