Something has hurt my Claude, need advice, UPDATE pg. 2!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jeremy, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    I got home this afternoon from work, went to go check on the birds to see if their water needed refilling, etc. Well I couldn't find my BW Ameraucana cockerel, Claude. He was in the larger run with the older women (his new home after fighting with my other young cockerel) this morning but I didn't see him anywhere right now. Then I heard him making faint noises, I followed the noise until I found him crammed beside the wall of the chicken run and the composter that's near the back of their yard. I pushed the composter out of the way, hoping he hadn't been stuck too long only to find his left wing bloodied and missing feathers! [​IMG] He ran from me as soon as he could wiggle free, so I figured he must not be badly injured.

    Eventually I grabbed him, checked him over and the only sign of damage I could find on his body is the bloody left wing. I don't know what possibly could have happened to him from the time that I left this morning until now. I counted and checked to make sure everyone else was accounted for, all are safe and here. A couple weeks ago I lost a hen to what I think was a hawk during the daytime, do you think Claude might have had a run in with the same bird? I haven't seen any hawks lately but I don't know if they're still around. The older girls pen where he's staying isn't covered either, just my younger teenager grow out pen.

    Here's some pictures of what his wings look like. He was a good boy and sat right on my arm and let me take pictures of his wing.

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    (That's a leftover piece of homemade pizza we had for dinner last night, fresh tomatoe sauce and flat bread, I peeled the cheese off. I wanted to make sure he would eat something, I don't know how long he's been stuck so I was worried that he was hungry.)

    How do I doctor his wing? I don't really have anything on hand that I know of right away to use. I have some neosporin and peroxide, but I've heard that can burn wounds. There's a feed store close to my house that sells chicken supplies. I think I've seen Blu Kote there before, though I don't even know if that would help. The wound looks fresh, that scared me so I locked up all the other birds inside their respective coops.

    How should I treat his wound? What do y'all think could have done this?

    Claude is 17 weeks old, he was born on April 1st out of eggs that I hatched from pips&peeps. He's been one of the sweetest cockerels I've ever had, I don't think this wound is life threatening but I want to do whatever I can to make him comfortable and ease any pain he might be in. He's alert and actually started crowing in the carrier. He's eaten a lot of the pizza and I'm watching him to make sure he drinks water. I separated him from the flock, bringing him inside and putting him in a pet carrier. So for now he's checked into the chicken ICU ward. Any thoughts on how can I make his stay inside more comfortable for him? I feel bad for not having anything to line the pet carrier with, I might try to find an old towel. All of my chicks have been moved outdoors so I don't have any pine bedding like I used to.

    Help, anyone? [​IMG]
     
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  2. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    I'm just guessing here, but if he was crammed in there, he might have been trying to get away from another bird and got himself wedged in... I've had some of the younger birds do that. If he were my bird, I would make sure there's no dirt in the wound, perhaps gently flush it with clean water and smooth out the skin, then coat the crap out of it with Blu-Kote and let him be. [​IMG] Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't get infected, but it looks like it will be all right. [​IMG]
     
  3. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    I'll have to go get some Blu Kote, I knew I should have bought some the last time I was at the feed store. [​IMG]
    Thanks for the advice Tori.
     
  4. TriciaHowe

    TriciaHowe Mother Hen

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    Sounds like it could be a hawk since it isn't covered.... Can't really say for sure. If it was, he is lucky he got away. Blue Kote is good to use. He will have to stay away from the other birds until it's healed pretty well so they don't pick it and keep it open....

    Good luck to you. He is a very pretty boy [​IMG]
     
  5. Afrochicken

    Afrochicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    poor boy [​IMG]
     
  6. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

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    Jeremy, it looks like you have cleaned it up pretty well- I agree- Blu Kot - it covers the red color of the wound also, so as it heals, you will be able to return him to his friends. Put a towel in the bottom, but heck if you are running to get Blu Kot, get shavings, too. You might want to spoil him with a bit of scrambled egg and some Poly Vi Sol, just to give him a boost.
    I am so sorry he was hurt!
     
  7. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Here is an old post by Nathalie Ross. Maybe this will help you ....

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  8. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    Quote:I just got home from the feedstore (I had to take the bus, my car is in San Francisco...) anyways, I picked up Blu Kote, pine shavings and some electrolytes. I'm boiling some egg right now, Claude's about to be a pretty pampered boy. [​IMG]

    Quote:Kathy, that's fantastic, thank you!
     
  9. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

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    Kathy, you always find the best stuff!
     
  10. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Kathy is kind a like a mamma hen to all of us! She's the greatest!
     

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