What happened here??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Freebie, May 5, 2007.

  1. Freebie

    Freebie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2007
    Bloomingdale, MI
    I don't know how it happened. but one of my pullets has injured her beak somehow. I have pics... This is one side
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    This is the other side
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    I have her in the chicken hospital in the garage, with some food and water. The vet next door gave me some oral antibiotics to give her a drop a day for 3 or 4 days. I have no idea how this happened. Could it be from establishing the pecking order?
     
  2. fowlweatherfriends

    fowlweatherfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks to my unexperienced eye, that she hit it too hard on something. I can't imagine a beak breaking like that with just pecking. Maybe it got startled and ran into a very hard surface.

    Hope she heals quickly!
     
  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Awwwwwwwww....the poor girl! :aww Looks to me like she might have pecked at something, maybe a bug, in a small hole, and got it caught! OUCH!!! She might lose the tip. I hope not. Keep us informed! So glad the nabor,vet, could get you the antibiotics.What a nice guy.
     
  4. Freebie

    Freebie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2007
    Bloomingdale, MI
    Thanks, you two, I could not see anything else bloody anywhere. And everyone else is fine.

    Could they really run into something so hard that it would injure the beak like that?
    Yes, she (the vet) is awesome. I give her eggs sometimes. Both her and her husband are very nice.
    I took my little pullet in my arms and went over to the house. I was not expecting the antibiotics, really. Was just wondering if I could super glue it or something more like liquid bandage. She said she had very little experience with birds, but got on the phone and called someone she knew. Said if she looses it, it should grow back like a claw does.

    I boiled her up some eggs tonight and she ate alittle. I feel bad for her in the garage all by herself. but I think it will only be a few days and she should be able to go back with her sisters.

    Oh, and check out Hotwings thread in egg to hatch. I put some pictures in there and they are very cool.
     
  5. fowlweatherfriends

    fowlweatherfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi again,
    yes, my pullet was chased by another onery hen and she damaged her beak by running away in a panic. But she didn't split it as much as yours. Good news is, it doesn't appear to have damaged the lower beak which is vital to getting food.

    Healing wishes for hen!
     
  6. Picco

    Picco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How high are your roosts? Although my roosts are low my bantam hens fly into the rafters to roost. I was out there one day to witness a crash landing. My poor little hen missed the open door and flew into the door jam. She wasn't injured, but I can see how an injury like the one yours has could happen.
     
  7. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

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    Poor girl! Hope she heals fast and that she doesn't lose the tip.
    That looks like it was a hard hit, whatever it was... [​IMG]
     
  8. Freebie

    Freebie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2007
    Bloomingdale, MI
    She is doing very well tonight. I think she may loose the tip of her beak. But she is eating and drinking and pooping. I gave her another dose of antibiotics. Well, my daughter did, while I held her. It was very hard. The lady next door made it look very easy. But, I think the pullet was more cooperatvie yesterday when she wasn't feeling the best. I can definately tell she feels better.

    I also moved the dog crate she is staying into the coop, so she can at least hang out around her sisters. I think that helped alot. She was pretty lonely in the garage all by herself.
     
  9. fowlweatherfriends

    fowlweatherfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's great news! Glad to hear she's on the mend-poor baby!
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  10. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The vet said it would grow back? I hope it does, if she loses it. But i'm wondering, if that is the case, why do people 'de-beak' birds..I have two girls that were de-beaked before I got them. No signs of it coming back. I wonder how long it takes a beak to grow?
     

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