Scabs on Roosters neck

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by -kimm-, Feb 16, 2017.

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    -kimm- Out Of The Brooder

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    Our Theo had gotten into a fight with another rooster a while back. He lost horribly and I had to nurse a hurt wing and swollen shut eye from the ordeal. Those seem to be fine but now he has these bands of scabs around his neck. They only are from the side to side and not around the front. I looked him completely over and there are no other areas. I didn't see any lice or nits either. They hurt him because it is pulling on his skin and he has been stargazing. I assumed it was a vitamin deficiency since I had to force feed him and he probably didn't get enough food. He is on selenium, vitamin e and vitamin b. But this is confusing me. Any ideas on what it is?[​IMG]
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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Dermatologists routinely use vitamin A& D ointment on scars to help in healing, so that might be an inexpensive treatment. That can be found in the baby supplies aisle in Walmart or drug stores. Do you think the skin has tightened to cause a contracture, or do you think he may have some neurological symptoms from his injury? Is he taking plenty of fluids?
     
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    I think it is a bit of both. He doesn't want to stretch his neck because these seem to hurt him. So I believe that they are pulling on the skin and feathers. There are maybe 4 or 5 of these lines back and forth just across the back of his neck. It seems very strange. They are extremely hard and connected. I tried to cut them in a few places so it hopefully relieves some pressure until tomorrow when I can take more time to baby him. He looks to be a bit dehydrated since it is harder for him to drink. I try to encourage it several times a day. But he is eating on his own. If he is deficient in a vitamin how long would it take to see improvement? I don't want to give up on him too soon.
     
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    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    There is no schedule with wry neck or star gazing. Hopefully the treatment will help soon, but sometimes it doesn't. It can last for a week or two or even longer. The main thing is to get him to take a regular amount of food and water since the star gazing may stop him from getting enough. Some wrap the chicken in a towel, and feed them from a bowl with feed, water, and eggs mixed into a thin oatmeal consistency 2-3 times a day.
     
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    Thank you. > have been giving him the extra vitamins for a week now. He is finally eating enough on his own but I worry about the fluid intake. I go and hold the water in front of him several times a day so it is easier for him to drink. I had to tube feed him for a few weeks and it was a struggle to get him enough. I had to do it a few times a day and of course he hated it. I will probably start with water and electrolytes a few times a day as well. I was worried that I'm not helping and just prolonging the inevitable.
     
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    Chickens will take feed mixed with a lot of water, which is how many get them to drink more fluids. It thickens as it sits, so add a lot. Some plain yogurt, garlic powder can add flavor. I even stick a raw egg in for extra protein. I do think that many people will try to treat for a couple of weeks, but after that, many decide to euthanize if it looks like nothing is helping. Most people cannot spend hours every day feeding when the chicken may be suffering. Let us know if there is any change, and I hope it gets better.
     

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