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I have had my hens for about a year and a half now. They are all laying eggs. All 7 of my hens are different breeds. They are kept in an enclosed coop for their safety. There is a fox that likes to look at them.

For a while now, I have watched their behavior. I took notice of the pecking order situation. The largest hen, obviously, is at the top. They all seem to attack the one hen whenever the large one starts it. The attacked hen has had minor injuries for which I stopped the bleeding and placed her back in with them. They have been getting more violent though. I am sure that theyes broke part of her upper beak and now the bone is showing



Today, I go back to check on them to look for eggs and the white hen is lying on the ground by the door of the coop. She was once again attacked. This is the worst injury I have seen on her yet. It is not bleeding very much but bubbly fluid continues to leak out.





She also has a rather odd gait and tends to lie down a lot. Not just now but for a while. I don't know if that is just her being her or something else is wrong.

Now, my dad does not consider them pets so he does not really care too much when she gets hurt. Me, on the other hand, it breaks my heart. I have totally gained this hen's trust by cleaning her wounds. She is still skittish an I would be too if I was constantly picked on.

I'm just wondering if there is anything I can do to help her. Should I use super glue to close the wound? Should I put neosporin on it? My dad will not take them to a vet so I need home remedies.
post #2 of 9
Is the top of her beak gone?
I hope she gets better soon
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post #3 of 9
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In the top most picture it shows a Atchison of wite and I'm pretty positive it is bone.
post #4 of 9
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I think so. In the top picture there is a white patch and I suspect it to be bone.
post #5 of 9
How long is she like this?
Is she eating drinking?
Is the wounds closing up?
Did you take her to the vet
And do you know what attacked her?
I hope she gets better fl.gif
Edited by ChickenGrass - 2/23/16 at 1:27pm
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Barbu d'Anver quail colour
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Barbu d'Anver quail colour
Black bantam silkie
Cream legbar
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post #6 of 9
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She was like this for about 4 months, minus the newest wound.

She still eats and drinks.

The older wounds are all closed but the newest one is the deepest I have seen.

My dad won't take her to the vet because he does not consider the chickens as pets.

All the other hens ganged up on her.

Thanks, I really hope so too. We grew a bond pretty quickly and now I'm attached to her.
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Flush the wound out as best you can then apply some plain Neosporin, chickens usually heal up very well but you need to keep her away from the others until she heals.  If she has to go back with them sooner get some BlueKote and cover up those wounds and keep a very close eye on them.

 

You also need to address why this is happening.  How much space do these birds have in the coop and how much run space do they have?  Chickens are easily stressed to the point of pecking like this if they are kept in too small a space.

 

If you have one bird that seems to instigate these attacks then pull that bird out for an extended time out.  Like a couple of weeks kept separate.  Then put her back in and see if she's had any attitude adjustment during that time.  While she's out observe the others carefully, see if they all get along with her gone or if there are other trouble makers.  I know it all sounds like a lot of work but a pecking problem is a big problem and often not easily solved.  There may also be something wrong with this hen that was pecked that is causing the others to go after her.  Sometimes this happens if a hen is sick or weak or displays other off behavior.

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Originally Posted by cafarmgirl View Post

Flush the wound out as best you can then apply some plain Neosporin, chickens usually heal up very well but you need to keep her away from the others until she heals.  If she has to go back with them sooner get some BlueKote and cover up those wounds and keep a very close eye on them.

You also need to address why this is happening.  How much space do these birds have in the coop and how much run space do they have?  Chickens are easily stressed to the point of pecking like this if they are kept in too small a space.

If you have one bird that seems to instigate these attacks then pull that bird out for an extended time out.  Like a couple of weeks kept separate.  Then put her back in and see if she's had any attitude adjustment during that time.  While she's out observe the others carefully, see if they all get along with her gone or if there are other trouble makers.  I know it all sounds like a lot of work but a pecking problem is a big problem and often not easily solved.  There may also be something wrong with this hen that was pecked that is causing the others to go after her.  Sometimes this happens if a hen is sick or weak or displays other off behavior.
X2 I forgot to mention spray the wound with bluekote
I breed and show
Gold partridge pekin bantam
Coronation Sussex bantam
Barbu d'Anver quail colour
Black bantam silkie
Cream legbar
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I breed and show
Gold partridge pekin bantam
Coronation Sussex bantam
Barbu d'Anver quail colour
Black bantam silkie
Cream legbar
Reply
post #9 of 9
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Alright, I flushed it with water and put neosporin on it (one without painkillers). I hope it'll heal soon.

The suggestion of pulling out the instigator is interesting. I will have to give it a try to see if it works out. The coop they are in is 20 ft by 20ft. Thanks for the help!
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