Originally Posted by amdk
Sunday afternoon my husband and I noticed a bit of blood in the shavings of our coop and hunted down the injured party. Turned out to be a toe nail injury
, bleeding pretty steadily so we must have caught it right away but we have no idea how it happened.
We washed her up and applied pressure but couldn't stop the bleeding
so we used some superglue and then bandaged, then vet wrapped, and the hen (now named Dorothy) wouldn't stop pecking at it so we used some duct tape to secure the vet wrap to itself and make it uninjestible.
Now we haven't changed the dressing on her toe since Sunday afternoon because I'm afraid taking it all off will cause the bleeding to restart. Should I be changing the dressing and washing the toe and if so how often?
Also, she hasn't laid an egg since being in the infirmary
and I know that frostbite she is suffering from
can affect her production as well as the stress of being in this crate alone, but as a chicken that usually lays everyday, when should I start to worry about her not laying?
Thanks for any help.
Do you have any photos?
I would check the toe injury (unwrap it), apply some vetericyn or plain neosporin and see if she can get along without bandaging (depending on how it looks) since you have her separated and can monitor the foot. For future reference to help stop bleeding you can apply flour, cornstarch or styptic powder to a wound.
You mention she has frostbite as well? Where is the frostbite located? Just the comb or could it have been on the foot as well?
Stress/injury can sometimes cause them to not lay.
Does she seem otherwise perky or is she lethargic, any other symptoms?