Silkie Injury..advise

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rooster0209, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. rooster0209

    rooster0209 Songster

    Apr 7, 2008
    North Dakota
    My big EE roo got to my Silkie today while we were moving cows. Her skin is cut on the back side of her body by the wing. (I am assuming it was the EE roo because of prior interest in her)

    I have bathed her (ever bathed a Silkie?) Hopefully this didnt kill her. I rinsed the wound w/peroxide and it looks pretty clean.

    Should I cover the wound in vaseline? Its all I have...or just leave it alone? The meat is showing on her leg muscle. The black Silkie skin is tore away.

    I have her wrapped in a towel in my lap to dry. (darn silkies can peck hard) I will put her in a carrier or box tonight. She is NOT going back into general population.

    EE roo may have seen his last few days
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2009
  2. meriruka

    meriruka Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    Sounds like you've done everything. I'd just keep her warm at this point.
    I know some people might not agree, but I always put plain Neosporin on larger wounds and keep them covered with a bandage for a few days. It keeps dirt out, keeps them from pecking at it & gives it a chance to begin healing.

    Hope she recovers soon.

    oh, for bandaging, I use non stick pads and tape with lightly sticky surgical tape.
  3. peepsnbunnies

    peepsnbunnies Songster

    Mar 31, 2007
    Central Florida
    Silkies take forever to dry if you do not blow dry them. You may want to try that to keep her from getting cold. Plain Neosporin (not the neosporin with pain relief, the benzocaine in the pain relief kind can kill her.) is fine to put on her and try to keep her quiet for a few days. Encourage her to eat, sometimes if I have a birds that is not feeling well and not eating, I put a little wild bird seed in the layer crumbles and wet the mixture, mine really like that and it gets them to eating. Good Luck.

  4. rooster0209

    rooster0209 Songster

    Apr 7, 2008
    North Dakota
    She is drying pretty quick. There is hardly any feathers on her wings at all, just sticks. I thought there would be more blood. The skin was 'skinned' off her muscle
  5. meriruka

    meriruka Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    I don't have the fortitude to blow dry a silkie. I usually wrap them in a towel & put them under a heat lamp. But both methods work. Less screaming with option 2, but it takes longer.

    If the skinned area is bigger than a quarter, I'd bandage it.

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