What else can I do?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BlakesWife, Oct 12, 2010.

  1. BlakesWife

    BlakesWife Out Of The Brooder

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    Apr 19, 2009
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    Was wondering if any of you have suggestions as to how to help my chick.

    Backround--It's a Blue Laced Red--about 2 months old.
    Problem- Forgot about the rain we were going to have last night. As a result, chickens didn't think to get out of the rain and into the coop. Found what I thought was two dead chickens on the ground, missing feathers, on their side, etc. Picked one up and it took a breath or two. Decided to rush the chicken into the house and put it into a sink of warm water to bring its body temp up. Initially, the chick was breathing from it's beak/stomach. After about 5 minutes of cleaning up the chick and letting it soak in warm water, I proceeded to the bathroom to blow dry the chicken off. The breathing picked up--and it was from it's nostrils--no longer needing to open its beak to breathe. Now, after letting the chicken rest under a warm light, it's standing on it's own. The problems I'm currently facing with her are the open wounds that are bleeding. The worst spots she has are on it's elbow so to speak, of her wings. What I've also noticed is the chick is now starting to display signs of wry neck.
    Solutions I've tried--I've put triple antibiotic ointment on her wounds to help them heal faster and to stop some of the bleeding. I've also given her Vitamin/Electrolite mix that I bought from the feed store as well as made some scrambled eggs for her. She doesn't seem to be able to eat or drink yet, so I've used a syringe to get her to drink some vitamin water.

    Is there anything else I can do for her? I never thought she would've been able to stand up this fast, heck I didn't even think she was alive this morning. I want to give her the best shot I can at pulling through this. She is able to make small talk--so to speak--and opens her eyes every now and again.
     
  2. BlakesWife

    BlakesWife Out Of The Brooder

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    Spoke to the vet--He said it's not wry neck, that Wry Neck is usually due to vitamin deficencies and that my chicken is acting like that due to getting so cold. Only thing he said I can do is wait and see. The vitamin/electrolite mix won't hurt--neosporin on it's wounds--and just keep it under a heat lamp until the little fella comes around. I really don't want to lose this BLRW. It's one of three blacks in my entire flock and the fact that they have wonderful temperment makes it even harder to think of possibly losing this guy/gal.
     
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    How is she doing?
     
  4. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Virginia
    She's probably still a little shocky from her ordeal last night. I think what you're doing is great - warm & calm environment, neosporin on the wounds, tempting food available and vitamins in the water to help overcome the shock. I wouldn't force feed the chick, just let her rest and tomorrow she should be perkier. Maybe darken the environment to help her stay calm and get some rest.

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  5. BlakesWife

    BlakesWife Out Of The Brooder

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    She's doing fine! I can't believe she's made it this far. Her wounds stopped bleeding by the following day. She was eating and drinking just fine. I've got her in a safe place where theres a heat light where no one else will bother her. She truely is a miracle. From barely breathing once a minute and nearly stiff, to a fully functioning chick! No apparent delays or loss of brain function from having her body slow down to near death. I'm just---baffled. She's far from out of the woods yet, as I'll be keeping an eye on possible infection from her wounds--but she's a heck of a lot better off than she was before, that's for sure. She'll be in that box for quite a while, though, as she has no feathers to help keep her warm over the winter, but I imagine she'll be just fine this coming spring. Thanks for asking!
     
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Glad to hear it!!
     

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