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Injury on wing of RIR hen.

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My wife and sons and I are new to raising chickens. I built a nice coop and run and four days ago we got 8 one and a half year old hens. A white leghorn, two RIR's and 5 Red sex links to get eggs from. Tonight when I went out to check on them and close the coop for the night I noticed one of the RIRs had what appears to be an injury on her right wing. A small, less than dime size area with a couple feathers missing and dry blood. 2 or 3 of the surrounding feathers looked damaged and had blood in the end of the shaft in the follicle. Not knowing exactly what to do I went on instinct, caught her checked to see if any broken feather shafts were still in the skin, plucked the damaged feathers and let her go. I dont know if this is a pecking injury or if she may hav been injured when we caught and transported her. It has been many years since I had chickens when I helped my grandfather as a boy. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I wish I had gotten pictures of it but i did not have my phone on me.
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It could be a leftover wound from a nasty pecking order fight. Whenever you put chickens into a new coop they have to establish a pecking order, this happens when new birds are introduced into an existing flock too.
Keep an eye on them, if the hen gets no more injuries I wouldn't worry about it. If the injuries continue, you may need to seperate that bird.
There is some paste, I think, that people put on injured birds to prevent more pecking of the injured area. Someone will know what it is called.
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