Originally Posted by brentonc
Originally Posted by Celtic Chick
How much blood splatter? A lot, or just a few drops? If it wasn't much, it has probably already clotted & started to scab. In that case, it shouldn't be a problem. If there was a lot and the girls keep pecking at it, not giving it a chance to heal, then you will have a problem. I suggest you be vigilant in observing them each time you go out there, keeping an eye out for blood obviously, but also pale combs, hiding & a lack of the usual energetic activity. Chickens hide symptoms very effectively so close attention to all their body language is key to catching issues early before they become a problem.
I'm thinking it was probably due to a frostbit comb or wattle, which can bleed a lot for a tiny injury. But I would still keep an eye out for any "off" behavior just in case.
Unless they were bleeding profusely, I see no reason to isolate. As long as the bleeding has stopped, she should be fine. Just keep a close eye on it (if you can find it) and spray with Blukote to keep others from wanting to peck at it. HTH.
There was a good amount. Noticed first on a waterer and then on the wall in the coop.
I went and watched them several times during the day and couldn't pick out which one it was, either by behavior or watching for drops where there were walking, so hopefully whomever is was will heal up and back to normal. I'll keep watching them closely though.
Thanks for the thoughts, much appreciated.
My first gut jerk was a bleeding wattle or comb, too..
that usually is over before you notice it.. and they bleed like heck from just a nick .. from blood on the waterer, I would surmise it was a comb ..
cast iron has to be tempered.. there is a way they recommend where you heat up the pan to a high temperature and bake the oil into the iron..
there is an easier way that I use.. only takes a few minutes ...
get the pan hot on a burner and with oil in the pan.
enough oil so that it coats the pan and you can push it around with a metal spatula.
when the oil is very hot, scrape the pan with the metal spatula, at first you will notice dry streaks.. keep scraping and gradually the dry streaks will disappear and you will see a nice oil surface.. do the whole bottom of the pan.
If someone (my wife) washes the pan and removes the protective oil surface, just repeat the above procedure..
you can cook an omelet if the pan is thusly prepared .