OK I made a big mistake today! I got three chicks (pullets) in the mail that I really wanted - 2 Cuckoo Marans and 1 Golden Laced Wyandotte to add to my urban flock. I got them home from the USPS and made sure they hydrated and put them in my coop with the other hens I have (about 7 months old) and observed for about 20 min. All seemed well and I decided that I could go to work and leave them be. MISTAKE! Fortunately, my daughter is home early from school and she checked on them about 2 hours later.
One of the Cuckoo Marans had a huge wound on the back of her head and the Golden Laced Wyandotte had a dime sized wound on her head. The other Cuckoo had a very few missing feathers, but no blood!
I have separated them from the other hens and I have put some antibiotic ointment on them, the one that has no wounds is by herself since she wants to peck on the wounded ones. The wounded ones are eating and drinking so I think they will be OK, but I want to make sure I am boing what I need to do to help them heal.
Can I do anything else for them? Re-assurance is welcome. I am now kicking myself for not spending another 30 min with them prior to leaving them and figure out that I should have keep them separate for a while to get them introduced to the flock!
Edited by abqchicken - 10/22/15 at 3:14pm