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post #11 of 15

IMO it's best to put her back in right away.....reintegration could be a worse problem.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #12 of 15
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I did put her back out yesterday and was really nervous because all the dried blood still on her comb and feathers. I put them out a little earlier than usual this morning to hopefully stop any morning fighting in the coop. She looks the same, doesn't look like anyone pecked at her because it was still dry. Hopefully it heals without being a target. Gave them a melon to create hopefully stop boredom.

Thanks for the help!
post #13 of 15

Hope the hen is ok! When my chickens get injured, I clean them up with a wet paper towel, give them something to eat, and leave them alone. Chickens are pretty strong, so they'll get back up on their feet fast!

post #14 of 15

Your hen will be fine. Comb injuries are very common and heal quickly. They occur because the comb is a handy thing to grab onto with the beak when a squabble happens between two rivals. I've even had complete comb detachment had had to resort to a partial dubbing to stop further scalpings on a hen with a very large protruding comb (Wyandotte). I like to use Blu-kote on fresh wounds to camouflage the raw flesh to discourage picking of the wound.

 

No one has addressed the possibility of inadequate roosting space as contributing to night time scuffles. If the perch is too cramped for the amount of chickens trying to get onto it at night, tempers flare when the tight space causes some to be knocked off as others flap their way up.

 

The rule of thumb is one foot of perch space for each bird, but that's impractical since flapping wings require more room than that. So measure your roosting bars and make sure they're adequate for the number in your flock.

post #15 of 15

I'm also wondering about coop space?  Minimum recommendation there is 4 s.f./bird in the coop.  If your coop is crowded, that will increase issues with aggression.

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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