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please help! my chick, Re-re is my favorite baby of my 8 hens. She's always kind of looked messed up, she walks with her head to the side and her crown is sideways. She's also always has had messed up breast feathers, but I love her character.
Yesterday I noticed her feathers on one side of her body were kind of wet looking. This morning the husband comes gets me and tells me to look at her, I do and this morning her eye looks like this and her feathers look gross. I don't know if it is my rooster being too rough with her (we had to lay down one of my babies because of him, but got chicken saddles and thought they would be fine).I have looked over my others, but she's the only one with something wrong. I sat down to pull up this page just now and heard a terrible noise in the house, I counted the girls outside and noticed my rooster and 2 hens missing, my Re-re of course. I went into their house and noticed the three of them were in there eating, but as I was watching my rooster pecked at Re-re's face...right in the eye area. Now my girls are separate from my rooster, but I don't know what to do to help Re-re. My rooster is going to stay in his own little pen.
My questions are what do I do to help my hen? Do hens really need a rooster in order to stay around the house? I don't want them wandering in my neighbors yard thinking their dog is like ours. please help.
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here's a close up. she had gunk on top of her beak, but I pulled it off no problem.
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Looks like she has been pecked. The problem is that chickens are pretty stupid in their own adorable way. They will keep pecking at a coop mate that is injured, drawn to the red blood and open flesh. Carefully clean the blood off. Don't use peroxide' especially that close to her eye. I would use something mild like baby shampoo and warm water. You need to clean her up so you can see where she is hurt. Once you find the open areas clean them up good. Betadine is an excellent antiseptic that is gentle to skin. Use a cotton swap dampened, not dripping and clean the wound over her eye. Flush her eye with normal saline eye drops. Her eye is bothering her or she wouldn't have it clamped shut. You could also flush the wounds with normal saline to cleanse them.

 

Blue Coat is good for wound care and will keep other birds from pecking at her. You can buy it at almost any farm store or pet shop.

 

You need to find out where she is hurt first and foremost and deal with that. 

 

Sounds like your rooster is inexperienced and immature. Separating him from the hens to cool off is a good idea for the time being. You are going to have to separate your injured hen until she heals. There could also be a dominance issue playing out here with things getting out of control.

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Thank you Microchick. I'm off to the local farm store right now for some blue coat. I'm going to separate her as soon as I get back home. My rooster is young, he was born this past spring and needs to learn to be gentle with my girls, who were also born this past spring. He doesn't like me to go near Re-re or call her, he's stubborn like that. I know there's been issues since I introduced the 6 other girls because my two that I had go at it from time to time, my Stardust doesn't seem happy that she's lost the top spot to Re-re. sad.png
Thank you so much for your help!
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Thank you again Microchick, I've washed her eye out with saline yesterday and today and she has her eye open. I've checked her for any cuts and she doesn't have any. It seems she may have gotten something in her eye that has irritated it and the saline is working. Thank you!
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