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Help! Injured Rooster, Seems Serious

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Recently, my rooster, Reggie, has gotten into a pretty serious fight with my Guinea hen. His left waddle has been ripped in half, and has scabbed over into a black crust that seems to be dead tissue. His comb has multiple lacerations and bites to it, and the thing that worries me, is that his left eye is closed up. I don't know why, for he didn't seem to get pecked in the eye. I'm worried he may be blind in that eye. Anything I can do? They fight often now, and I'm worried Reggie may not survive another brutal one like this. I don't have the heart to kill my Guinea hen. He was missing a chunk of feathers at the base of his head, but I thought that it wasn't too serious. I'm just worried about his eye and waddle. I will try to post a picture later.


Update- here are a few pictures










Edited by ChickenLover741 - 5/18/16 at 3:42am
post #2 of 4
You can put Vetericyn or plain antibiotic ointment on his wounds, but you need to get rid of one of them obviously. Rehome or take turns caging one while the other is out. Any eye drainage or crust should be clean and irrigated with saline. Roosters will fight, although some can get along if one becomes subordinate, but this fellow is getting beaten pretty bad. He will probably heal up well in time.
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Thank you! I think I will try to rehome the Guinea hen soon. I have put some ointment on his comb, and good news! His left eye is open now! Now, my only worry is his poor waddle, but I think he'll just be a bit uneven from now on. I have Reggie in a separate cage with a lamp during the night, and lots of hay. He seems better, he isn't limping anymore, which I forgot to mention he was earlier. I'm quite surprised actually, at the progress he's made in just a day. So thank you again for the advice.
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You are welcome. I have had some frostbite in wattles before, and it usually doesn't look to bad if one is uneven. Most backyard chickens don't resemble show chickens anyway.
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