New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Scalping of Buff Orpington Hen

post #1 of 3
Thread Starter 
So, title says it all. My BO literally was scalped 2 days ago. This is the second hen that has had this injury, the first was humanely euthanized since her jaw was also shattered. I've posted in a farm group on Facebook and there have been many theories - another hen, a young hawk with crappy depth perception, a rat, something sharp. The first hen was found in the morning as I was letting them out. My BO was found at night as I was putting them away. I'll post pics, they're grusome. So far we he stitched her scalp back to flesh that is still attached. The eye is beyond saving, but we cannot enucleate because there is no viable tissue to close. She's on Meloxicam for pain and topical antibiotics. [IMG]
post #2 of 3

Could be lots of things but a raccoon will go for the head to kill the bird quickly so they can feast. When birds escape the grasp, they end up scalped.

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

Reply

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

Reply
post #3 of 3
Thread Starter 
Huh....that's interesting. I saw one of my EE hens attack her after she was injured, not sure if she is the culprit or not. I was thinking about getting a roo to establish some order in my flock and to add some protection
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home