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Urgent help please

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Clover8Flora, Oct 3, 2014.

  1. Clover8Flora

    Clover8Flora Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 27, 2014
    Hampshire UK
    I've had a surprise 3 chicks hatch ( will explain when calmer.
    They are 3 days old and I've just gone out to check them and found one with a cut on his head in the food bowl. Mum ignoring his chirping.
    I've taken him out and put him in a box with a lamp bedding food and water but now panicking!
    Should I take the other two as well or leave him on his own?
    Was I right to take him as he was bleeding and I've read that they may peck open wounds?

    Please help
  2. Suzie

    Suzie Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 9, 2009
    Yes...right to take the chick out as the Mother may peck at the wound...she may have caused the injury...sometimes they appear to act quite roughly especially when they are pecking at food and using their feet to spread food around...some of my chicks have been cast around by an enthusiastic Mother...I would leave the other two chicks with her for now...keep the injured one separate and if you have any gentian violet ( buy from a chemist ) you can dab a little onto the injured area after you have cleaned the chick up...it would be a good idea to use a betadine solution to clean the injury in case it gets infected...

    The gentian violet is used to dye the "red" from any wound to an unattractive blue colour..as soon as you are able and comfortable with the chick's condition it would be better to re-introduce it back to the Mother...night time is best when it is dark...you can slide it under her with the others...keep a keen eye out to ensure she accepts it back...any aggressive behaviour remove the chick..

    Hope this helps!
  3. Clover8Flora

    Clover8Flora Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 27, 2014
    Hampshire UK
    The first chick is doing well, have been out to see the others and there is another one the same colour with similar injuries.
    Both are now up in a box in my room with the heat lamp.
    I'm tempted to remove the last two as well soon as I'm really not comfortable leaving them with her!
    Thank you so much for the advice it's really appreciated. X

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