Welsummer pecking injury...did I treat correctly? [GRAPHIC PICS]

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Wynette, Apr 24, 2008.

  1. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    I've got a 4-week old Welsummer pullet that sustained what I think is a pecking injury. I combined my 3 Welsummers with a recent hatch on Tuesday, all are getting along really well. The chicks I put in with the Wellies hadn't been on shavings yet, and I think that's what may have caused the beginning of the injury - pecking at the little bits of shavings. Please take a look at the pics, tell me if you agree that's what happened or if there might be a different issue going on. First pic is how she looked when I found her with the injury this morning, 2nd pic is the injury cleaned off (almost appears to be a puncture-type wound), and I included another pic of her separated from the others. She's eating/drinking and otherwise seems fine, but crying for her buddies. Oh, I cleaned with Peroxide and a sterile pad, then sprayed with Dr. Naylor's Red Kote (antiseptic spray that also has moisturizing properties). Was this okay to clean/disinfect it? She was pecking at it herself and even had a bloody beak this morning, but she appeared to be leaving it alone when I left for work. Here's hoping she'll leave it alone all day! All feedback is extremely appreciated!!

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    Last edited: Apr 24, 2008
  2. Heidi

    Heidi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2007
    Northwest Michigan
    Oh dear! I had once chick that had this problem, but not this extreme and I just treated it with antibiotic ointment (for chickens). It seem to clear it up fast. It's a good thing you separated her. Hopefully someone else posts w/ more info.
     
  3. Ga Chicken Mom

    Ga Chicken Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would suggest washing with diluted betadine every day and keeping a thick coat of triple antibiotic cream on the wound. I've not used the spray that you are using but it should be fine. I think peroxide is too harsh to use every day. Please keep her separated until she heals. If she is getting the wound dirty with the shavings, change to paper towels. They are much easier to keep clean - just pick them up once or twice a day and replace. Extra treats like mashed hard boiled egg yolk mixed with yogurt are in order. I've found the chick will not be so lonely if you put a mirror in the isolation cage. I had a young BO who was attacked by a dog, she had a much worse wound than your chickie and she healed fine. if she shows any sign of infection, you will need to post again for antibiotic dosages. Please keep us updated on her progress.
     
  4. mmajw

    mmajw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Maine
    I think that you did a great job, just keep a close eye on her and keep us updated. [​IMG]
     
  5. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Okay, will follow your advice - thanks so very much, and I'll post tomorrow to update on how she is. Thanks so much, all!
     

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