Two Problems - Fox ripped off wing and Funky Butt.

Dolce Vita Chicks

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We live in Italy. Last year took our ill chicken to the vet. It was the first time anyone had taken a chicken to see him. The result was the Vet looked up illnesses in a medical text book. Sadly the chicken died, however, we decided that we would try to look after our own illnesses where possible.

Our baby chicks are in an enclosed yard and an enclosed home. However, on their first night out, a fox took 7 of them through the fence. One of the remaining chicks has had its wing completely ripped off. We sprayed it with purple medicine (anti bacterial/anti inflammatory). It was eating and drinking. We left it alone for 24 hours, to see what happens as we did not want to stress it out any further. This morning, it is drinking and eating and not displaying any odd behaviour. HOWEVER, there is a wing bone sticking out. Do I euthanise? Do I give it another 24 hours - or is this too cruel?

Second problem- we have an Amrock hen - 2 years old. At first I thought it was an egg bound issue. There is a sack hanging from her butt area. Actually, it is below the vent. The skin is red and she is loosing her feathers in this area. I have put her in a bath and placed oil in her vent. Actually, I learnt the hard way, that chickens can fart!

She is not trying to bear down and expel the egg and so I am unsure of the exact problem. Any advice on this or my baby chick would be appreciated.

I am sorry if these issues are covered elsewhere, but I am desperate.
 

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They will need pictures if you can.
I would try an Epsom salt warm bath for 10-15 minutes, not sure if Vaseline or antibiotic cream would be better without seeing what it looks like for the 2 year old with vent area problem could be an infected gland, could be internal laying or egg bound without seeing we are just guessing.
 
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I have a hen whose leg was broken off by a raccoon. I let her recover on her own, in her own cage with food and drink nearby, and nobody sharing the cage to peck at her (but adjacent to another pen of chickens, because they are flock animals). Yes, I could see the bone for a while but eventually everything healed over. She is still good, and still laying, well over a year later.

Chickens have remarkable recuperative powers. It hurt my heart to look at her, especially when the bone was visible. However, if they are eating and drinking, they want to live. It would be crueller to deny them a chance, I think.
 

Dolce Vita Chicks

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Thank you for your comments above. Have attached a photo of the chicken butt.
Have tried not to disturb the baby and will try to take a photo soonest. Cheers.
Chicken Butt.jpg
 

Dolce Vita Chicks

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Feb 14, 2018
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27
Tuscany Italy
I have a hen whose leg was broken off by a raccoon. I let her recover on her own, in her own cage with food and drink nearby, and nobody sharing the cage to peck at her (but adjacent to another pen of chickens, because they are flock animals). Yes, I could see the bone for a while but eventually everything healed over. She is still good, and still laying, well over a year later.

Chickens have remarkable recuperative powers. It hurt my heart to look at her, especially when the bone was visible. However, if they are eating and drinking, they want to live. It would be crueller to deny them a chance, I think.
Thank you for your kind email. My usual "litmus test", is if the chick is eating and drinking, we are in a good place. However, this bone issue, has really freaked me out. Will keep monitoring it and see how it goes. Thank you so much.
 

slordaz

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picture says to me most likely egg bound or internally laying , the soak 2 times a day and cannot remember what else so will wait and let the experts advice on anything else bas it's 3 am here and just woke up to take pain meds.
 

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Hello Dolce Vita Chicks.
I'm sorry to read about your poor chick and hen.
As you can probably appreciate good clear pictures of the problems are vital if the appropriate advise is to be given. Take a few from different angles.
Regarding the chick who had her wing torn off. You write that there is bone showing. Even without further pictures my view is this hen is likely to contract an infection at some point.
I would be inclined to euthanise to spare the chick any further suffering.
 

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This morning, it is drinking and eating and not displaying any odd behaviour. HOWEVER, there is a wing bone sticking out. Do I euthanise? Do I give it another 24 hours - or is this too cruel?

Second problem- we have an Amrock hen - 2 years old. At first I thought it was an egg bound issue. There is a sack hanging from her butt area. Actually, it is below the vent. The skin is red and she is loosing her feathers in this area. I have put her in a bath and placed oil in her vent. Actually, I learnt the hard way, that chickens can fart!

Thank you for your comments above. Have attached a photo of the chicken butt.
Have tried not to disturb the baby and will try to take a photo soonest. Cheers. View attachment 1895684
I'm sorry about your chick and your hen :hugs

Photos of the injury may be helpful.
If the bone is exposed, there is a greater risk of infection. It's hard to know whether to try to save her or to put her down. Do you have any antibiotics available to you?
Vet care for a severe injury is best.

As for your hen. A few more photos may also be helpful.
The abdomen looks quite full to me. Does she still lay eggs ?
Does it feel hard or fluid filled?
Ime, a hen that has a bottom that looks like that is having reproductive issues(Egg Yolk Peritonitis, cancer, Salpingitis, Internal Laying). If it's fluid filled, sometimes that can be drained to make them more comfortable for a while, but sadly this is not a cure. Anytime a hen is drained, you risk introducing bacteria into the abdomen.


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slordaz

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Not too often or too many I hope!
Take care!

Sorce
just otc advil as supposed to can't tolerate anything else, I have lived with Chronic pain for over 20 years and don't tolerate to much of anything pharmaceutical, some days if wasn't for my chickens and son I wouldn't even worry about getting up
 

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