Two chicks with bad wounds

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by GitaBooks, Jun 16, 2016.

  1. GitaBooks

    GitaBooks Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I have ten mother hens right now and multiple chicks of all different breeds and ages. They all seemed to be doing well, however, until today, when one of the hens (or possibly a predator, but I've seen these injuries caused by hens before) ripped the skin (and muscle) off the backs of two chicks belonging to my bantam hen, Dodie. She now only has one left. The two siblings aren't bleeding much, but I've never had success healing a chick after an attack, even small injuries lead to their deaths. These guys are a little older then before, 3 weeks estimated, but they don't seem to be doing too well. they chirp and move and can hold their heads up, but their tails are practically falling off, you can see down to the bone on some, one has a very deep wound on the neck that is turning black and the other was unable to stand and looked dead when I found him and now seems to be suffering internal injuries or a cracked beak.
    I rinsed the injuries, then poured some hydrogen proxide on the wounds, then some iodine, then rinsed them again and wrapped them in paper towels. They are tucked under my shirt while I type this, chirping when I make any sudden movements. They sound so lively, but I'm afraid they'll go down hill. I tried to put some neosporin (triple antibiotics without painkiller) on their wounds, but the larger ones just seem too deep for that.
    Is that enough or should I try some blue kote (we don't have any right now but I could get some tomorrow). We don't have the money to buy any special medication, but is there any kind of antibiotics I should give them? Electrolyte water? Is it better to keep the wound moist or dry (the large wounds I mean)? I heard some people sew wounds, but this is a tear, as in skin is torn off, so there isn't really anything to sew but muscle.

    Is their any hope for these little guys? Is there anything more that I should do? I have a brooder with a cuddly box inside for them to hide inside, but will the dry air make their wounds even worse? After all, leaving the muscle to the air seems like it would just make it die and that would kill the chicks.

    I would greatly appreciate any help.

    By the way, I can't tell which chicks are which well, but the three babies names are Irons, Ivory and Koriand'ar. I locked the last chick up in the room with its mother to prevent further injuries (I locked up most of the mother's and their chicks as a matter-of-fact). I'm hoping to prevent this from happening again.
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Poor babies.

    How are they doing?

    Can you post a couple of photos?

    Sounds like you treated the wounds well.
    I would use the plain neosporin instead of blue kote. I would think the neosporin will help keep the wounds moist enough, you don't want "oozing".
    Electrolyte water is fine, it may help if they are in shock, the main thing it to keep them hydrated. Offer some wet chick starter ( you can mix in some scrambled/hard boiled egg if you want).

    Watch for signs of infection, odors, pus, etc.


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  3. GitaBooks

    GitaBooks Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Thank you so much for the help.

    They are doing much better this morning, drinking on their own, eating some chick starter, and walking around. Even the weaker of the two seems to be doing alright. I'll watch for infection and hopefully they will heal up without any further issues.

    Thanks again. [​IMG]
     
  4. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I'm glad to hear they are doing better.
    Please keep us updated.
     
  5. GitaBooks

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    They are doing SOO much better, it's a miracle. Irons and Ivory have gone out with their mother and sibling for a few hours today to stay bonded but are going to come back in so they don't get any infection or maggots on their wounds. They are drinking and eating regularly and seem to have no problem with their movement.


    Ivory is the silkied chick and Irons is the normal-feathered one. Their sibling, Koriand'ar, was also slightly injured, but is doing well with her mother out in the barn. I think it was just a sprained muscle in her wing.
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  6. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I'm glad they are improving!
    Eating, drinking is a good sign and it's nice to hear they have no problems with movement.
    I'm sure they are loving getting out a bit, fresh air and sunshine always seems to make everyone happier. [​IMG]
    They are adorable!
     

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