wound on face

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by abmorris, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. abmorris

    abmorris New Egg

    Oct 16, 2011
    We came home today and found one of our 5-weeks-old-tomorrow chicks with a wound on her face, under her eye (the eye is fine). They are in a coop/run, and have not been let out yet. We have no idea what happened (pecking? scratch through the run from the cat we saw hanging out? random accident?). They have only been out in the coop for 4 nights (with heat lamp).

    We have done our best to apply hydrogen peroxide, and then after a bit watered-down iodine. We are planning to do this again tonight, probably adding some neosporin as well. She does not like this one bit [​IMG]

    The others are not pecking at her or picking at her.

    She clearly does not feel 100%. We have seen her eat, and drink, and poop. She does hang out with the other 5 a bit. But then she goes off to the side, and tucks her head under her wing.

    The wound is still bleeding a bit, but when she tucks her head under her wing, she is stretching it, which I think is the problem.

    I don't have Blu-Kote (and, of course, it is Sunday afternoon), but I have read it is not to be applied to the face.

    Any advice?
  2. Davian

    Davian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2010
    Vermont, USA
    I'd bring her in and separate her from the others until the wound closes up. They'll eventually start pecking her if they see blood and they could even kill her if given a chance.

    Sounds like you're already dealing with the wound pretty well...definitely put neosporin on the wound to help it heal though...just make sure its not the kind with painkiller in it.
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2011
  3. abmorris

    abmorris New Egg

    Oct 16, 2011
    Thank you, I have brought her in, in the guinea pig cage I had them all in til last Wed. She is not happy being alone lol, and is much more active--I wonder if the breeze/chillier air (67°) outside was bothering her? Depending on how she looks tomorrow, I may put the whole cage out in the middle of the run during the day, so she can be with the other 5, but still be safe from any pecking.

    I am going to have to turn the heater on tonight, the heat lamp is out in the coop!
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Blu-kote has alcohol and gentian violet in it, so the alcohol could be bad near an eye. But you could take a drop of blue food coloring and apply it to the wound with a Q-tip, then coat it in neosporin when it dries. I have used this technique successfully before I bought blu-kote. It keeps the other chickens from pecking the reddened wound.
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2011
  5. Snowygirl

    Snowygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2011
    i can't be much help but i'll be praying 4 you

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