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Reintroducing Injured Chicken

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A few weeks ago one of my chickens developed a sore from overmating that the rest of the flock pecked so badly she had a deep gouge and I wasn't sure she was going to make it.
I seperated her and cleaned her wound and bandaged it and she healed well. I have been trying to reintroduce her to the flock, but they keep pecking at her head. She has a little bit of blood on it now and almost no feathers after a few hours in the run.
I need advice on how to reintroduce her to the flock safely.
post #2 of 8

If you have a way to keep them separate where they can still SEE each other without physical access for a week or so, that's the best way to acclimate the birds.

 

Also, if there seems to be one or two that are causing the problem, you can trade your recouped hen for the mean bird(s) and separate them for a day or two before putting them back. This little trick can make every one play nicer.

 

MrsB

Australorp Chickens | Nigerian Dwarf and mini-Alpine Goats | American Blue Rabbits

 

"If not now, when?"

 

Luke 22:36

Then said He unto them,

“But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it

and likewise his pack; and he that hath no sword,

let him sell his garment and buy one."

 

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Australorp Chickens | Nigerian Dwarf and mini-Alpine Goats | American Blue Rabbits

 

"If not now, when?"

 

Luke 22:36

Then said He unto them,

“But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it

and likewise his pack; and he that hath no sword,

let him sell his garment and buy one."

 

How I lost 70 lbs (and kept it off!): www.marksdailyapple.com

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post #3 of 8
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Originally Posted by MrsBrooke View Post

If you have a way to keep them separate where they can still SEE each other without physical access for a week or so, that's the best way to acclimate the birds.

Also, if there seems to be one or two that are causing the problem, you can trade your recouped hen for the mean bird(s) and separate them for a day or two before putting them back. This little trick can make every one play nicer.

MrsB

Could I put the dog kennel she has been staying in inside the run during the day and bring her back in at night?
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Could I put the dog kennel she has been staying in inside the run during the day and bring her back in at night?

Certainly. smile.png

MrsB

Australorp Chickens | Nigerian Dwarf and mini-Alpine Goats | American Blue Rabbits

 

"If not now, when?"

 

Luke 22:36

Then said He unto them,

“But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it

and likewise his pack; and he that hath no sword,

let him sell his garment and buy one."

 

How I lost 70 lbs (and kept it off!): www.marksdailyapple.com

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Australorp Chickens | Nigerian Dwarf and mini-Alpine Goats | American Blue Rabbits

 

"If not now, when?"

 

Luke 22:36

Then said He unto them,

“But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it

and likewise his pack; and he that hath no sword,

let him sell his garment and buy one."

 

How I lost 70 lbs (and kept it off!): www.marksdailyapple.com

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post #5 of 8
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Awesome I will try it! I don't want to have to rehome her.
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Awesome I will try it! I don't want to have to rehome her.

 

You shouldn't need to. :)

 

If you can determine which chicken STARTS the bullying, separating that one or two will make things go a lot smoother if they still want to be pecky after the see-no-touch method, as I mentioned previously.

 

When you get ready to release her, leave the crate in the run with the door open and let her make her own decision as far as entering and exiting.

 

Keep us posted! :D

 

MrsB


Edited by MrsBrooke - 4/28/15 at 11:33am

Australorp Chickens | Nigerian Dwarf and mini-Alpine Goats | American Blue Rabbits

 

"If not now, when?"

 

Luke 22:36

Then said He unto them,

“But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it

and likewise his pack; and he that hath no sword,

let him sell his garment and buy one."

 

How I lost 70 lbs (and kept it off!): www.marksdailyapple.com

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Australorp Chickens | Nigerian Dwarf and mini-Alpine Goats | American Blue Rabbits

 

"If not now, when?"

 

Luke 22:36

Then said He unto them,

“But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it

and likewise his pack; and he that hath no sword,

let him sell his garment and buy one."

 

How I lost 70 lbs (and kept it off!): www.marksdailyapple.com

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post #7 of 8
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Wow took me way too long to get back to y'all.  
Injured chicken has been reintroduced to the flock and is thriving.  Also introduced 2 banties to the flock and everyone seems to be doing relatively well.  Happy chickens, lots of eggs.  So glad chicky hung in there 

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Originally Posted by samjo06 View Post
 

Wow took me way too long to get back to y'all.  
Injured chicken has been reintroduced to the flock and is thriving.  Also introduced 2 banties to the flock and everyone seems to be doing relatively well.  Happy chickens, lots of eggs.  So glad chicky hung in there 

 

Hey, life happens!

 

So glad this story has a happy ending. :) Eggs are certainly a GOOD thing!!

 

MrsB

Australorp Chickens | Nigerian Dwarf and mini-Alpine Goats | American Blue Rabbits

 

"If not now, when?"

 

Luke 22:36

Then said He unto them,

“But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it

and likewise his pack; and he that hath no sword,

let him sell his garment and buy one."

 

How I lost 70 lbs (and kept it off!): www.marksdailyapple.com

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Australorp Chickens | Nigerian Dwarf and mini-Alpine Goats | American Blue Rabbits

 

"If not now, when?"

 

Luke 22:36

Then said He unto them,

“But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it

and likewise his pack; and he that hath no sword,

let him sell his garment and buy one."

 

How I lost 70 lbs (and kept it off!): www.marksdailyapple.com

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