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can I give my rooster a bath inside during the winter

post #1 of 7
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I went outside this afternoon to check on my chickens and noticed that my rooster had blood all over his neck and back I then realized it was from our Turkey who took a big chunk out of his cone, but what I'm asking is can I give him a bath inside. It is about 32 degrees outside and his blood is making him wet, after the bath I would blow dry him then return him to the coop. Can I do that?
post #2 of 7

Depending on how cold the weather is, bringing him in for a bath may de-acclimatize him. I would suggest using a damp wash cloth, and drying him with a towel. If the bleeding has stopped don't remove the scab that had formed.

post #3 of 7
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He has been in the coop for most of the day and the coop is about the temperature of our house because it's heated we tried using a damp washcloth and the blood won't come and if our chickens see blood they peck it.
post #4 of 7
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I forgot to mention that he's in our house right now and he is used to it because of other emergencies so being inside doesn't stress him out.
post #5 of 7

Oh that's good. I would think you can bathe him in that case. Chickens generally don't like getting wet so it's probably a good idea to wash him in a sink so the water can drain as you clean him off. A second person to help hold him might be good. I have had good luck using salves and ointments to close wounds on chickens since it's so hard to keep bandages on them. I recall we used to have some kind of copper based powder for the goats to stop bleeding, but I can't remember what it was called.

post #6 of 7

Have you been able to stop the bleeding? You can use cornstarch or flour to help stop the flow.

Get the blood washed off. Use a blow dryer and dry him thoroughly.

You can apply something like vetericyn to the comb then dab a little bluekote on the wound, that will help disguise it so hopefully the others won't pick at it.

post #7 of 7
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Thanks for the help guys I washed his neck off then blow dried him and put him back in the coop.
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