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Young Turken just attacked by Rooster - Help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Illia, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Hi, I was just feeding my chickens, and by normality my 7 month old Barred Rock rooster gets agressive and attacks our 3 month old pullets when he wants his older girls or just himself to eat, but this time he actually tore a huge cut into my 3 month old Turken's neck! Since it is a bare neck, I can see it as a large, stretched wound that is lightly bleeding, but her internal neck is entirely visible. She was found standing in the cold rain, so I isolated her in a seperate cage from further damage by any other chicken. She still eats, walks, and peeps, but her injury does NOT look good.
    I want to get rid of the rooster, certainly, but for her - What is there I can do to prevent the wound from bleeding or being any more exposed? She seems fine in her isolation, but I don't want to see her go into shock or die. Is it safe to wrap the wound with something? I could show photos, but for now I don't want her to stretch her neck too much, which is the only way the wound is visible (she often tucks her head back to keep it hidden)
     
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  2. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2009
    Michigan
    Without seeing it, I can only guess. I suppose I would recommend cleaning the injury and putting Neosporin (w/o painreliever) on it. Keep her isolated. Feed her some scambled egg to boost her immune system. If it is splayed open, you might be able to tape it a bit with medical tape. But they do tuck their necks in, so you won't be able to bandage it up.
     
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Here's some photos - ( graphic )



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  4. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2009
    Michigan
    I have a turken that was bullied at 5 weeks. She did not look quite as bad as your poor girl. [​IMG]

    I would not try to cover that, if you can keep her someplace clean. Just ointment it up. Another thing: Be very aware that it will be *itchy* as it heals. My turken chick actually reopened scabs by itching with her feet. [​IMG] You will have to be diligent with the ointment. On the positive side: She should heal very fast. I think you will be amazed.
     
  5. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Doesn't look too bad, more like a de -gloving type injury. I would rinse it out with sterile saline, apply a non-painreliever type neosporin and perhaps cover it with vetwrap. Nitrofurizone for horses is also good. Make sure she stays warm, give her some scrambled egg and her reg food and perhaps some vitamins in her water. Keep her in a dark quite place to avoid more stress........ poor girl.
     
  6. The Zoo

    The Zoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My roo did something similar to my two hens. Mine looked pretty bad too.
    I listened to people here and put neosporin on and kept each of them isolated and was amazed at how quickly they healed. I would have sworn one of them was going to need stitches but the next morning the wound had started closing up.
     
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  7. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    That's comforting to hear! I put some neosporin on, fed her some eggs, put some vitamins in her water, and have her nicely isolated. She's doing amazingly well, hopefully she'll be back out with her group in no time. As for the rooster, we have a young one already in the group who will be a nice replacement. The interesting thing is that our current one probably doesn't even know he's a roo yet.
     
  8. NewHobbyForMe

    NewHobbyForMe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Illia please do keep us updated as to how she is doing. Hopefully she will be good as new. That bad boy should go in timeout! I don't have any roos, and this is way.
    Thank you for the pictures, they always give me hope.[​IMG]
     

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