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Spot of blood on my poor chick's head

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Two of my thriving chicks have been taking flying lessons in the brooder. :/ I've raised the sides of the box to keep them in, but they'll do crazy things like jump to the top of the water jar or attempt (and fail) to reach the top of the box. I have them on chick-cam so I can see their crazy antics.

 

I believe one of my larger chicks landed on my buff laced Polish's head. She's a smaller breed than my Americaunas and Australorps, AND she was under the weather recently so she hasn't been growing as well--she's so tiny compared to my two big girls. Her ouchie is less than 1/4" but it left a visible spot of dried blood. My birds are really sweet to each other and still quite young (just over 2 weeks old) so I just don't believe it was malicious pecking. Nonetheless I have observed other chicks pecking around her wound once or twice and I am wondering what I can do to clean the blood off so that maybe it draws less attention. I've been checking in all day and they seem to mostly be leaving her alone and I don't see any fresh bleeding.

 

This isn't really related but I traumatized this poor sweet girl caring for her wet/pasty butt, which has now successfully resolved. Last time I cleaned her I combed off a few poopy feathers that I simply could not get clean. :hitI was hoping to just comb off the dry poop but it plucked her a tad--I feel horrible about it and would really like to leave the poor girl alone, I just don't want to ignore this new problem if I need to be doing something.

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Is it an actual wound, or just a spot with blood? And is she starting to get her feathers? If it is just a spot of blood and if she is molting, then she probably broke one of the stems of her new feathers. It looks pretty bad but its really not. A picture might also help. Good luck!:cd

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I'll inspect it more closely and try to take a high-res pic tonight. It looked like a small wound but I didn't touch it to see if it's actually on her skin. She's definitely feathering on the wings and tail. Would it be normal for a laced bird to get head feathers at 2-3 weeks? My other chicks aren't getting feathers there but they're never going to have a giant head plume like she is. She's fluffing out a bit where her future crown will be but it still looks very fine.

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