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Rescued a 5wk old chick. Need help ASAP!!!!! Sad Update

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jprice2ndlt, May 10, 2009.

  1. jprice2ndlt

    jprice2ndlt Songster

    Apr 3, 2009
    Hodges, S.C.
    My dad went and bought a 5 week old RIR/Americana chick. He told me today that his chickens almost pecked it to death. I went and rescued it today because he coudnt get a box built quick enough to seperate it. The hens pecked all the feathers off its back a bloodied the back of its head bad. I cleaned it up and applied blue-kote to the wounds. I cant get it to eat or drink at the moment and i need to know what i should to do to keep it from dying. My wife is all upset because she love animals so much. Any help would be appericated.[​IMG]

    Sad update I came home today to check on Izzy Boo and found her dead. I can say we tried everything we could think of but i guess her injuries were too much on her. thanks to all that offerd help.
    Last edited: May 11, 2009

  2. You're doing the right thing and welcome to the world of pet chickens!

    Are her eyes all right? Keep lotions, meds away from them and from nares.

    Chickens can survive the most brutal attacks, so breathe and continue to assist her. They get attached to you very fast, by the way.

    You have starter feed? often a good idea to wet it into a slurry and feed by dropper until she recovers her energy;

    Could add electrolytes or vitamins to water. Baby vitamins are fine (no added iron).
    Use sugar for now if you are without.

    To get water into her, use dropper and let it run down fron of her beak- her reflexes will likely cauwse her to open beak and sip. Repeat as much as possible. She's traumatized and will pick up when her heart stops beating so fast.

    You can use neosporin on wounds, avoid peroxide. Be sure neosporin has no added pk's like benzocaine. Blue Kote or No-Peck later if she is going to be with other chickens.

    Okay...and let us know how she (and you) are managing.[​IMG]

    Thank you for assisting her!
    Last edited: May 10, 2009

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