7 wk old chick missing tail feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tondon, May 24, 2010.

  1. tondon

    tondon New Egg

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    Two of our Amberlink 7 week olds are missing their tail feathers. It looks terrible and we noticed some bleeding. They do not seem to be bothered by it. The coop is not crowded. None of the remaining 26 (assorted breeds) are having this problem. Any advice? What should we do? Thanks!
     
  2. MotherJean

    MotherJean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sounds like either they or some other chicken plucked those feathers. If they were blood feathers, you may have trouble getting the bleeding to stop. If so, get a tube of Krazy Glue or Super Glue and a couple of gauze pads or cotton balls. Use the gauze or cotton balls to dab at the wound to remove the blood and then quickly put a drop of super glue on the feather follicle where the blood is. The glue won't work if it's really wet with blood, so try to get it as dry as possible before applying the glue. Do that for every spot that is bleeding. The glue will eventually loosen and fall off the skin. You don't need to remove it. Careful you don't glue yourself to your bird, but if you do you can use fingernail polish remover (acetone) to get yourself loose.

    Did you know that Super Glue was invented for use in surgery as an alternative to sutures for closing incisions? Safe for humans, safe for animals.
     
  3. tondon

    tondon New Egg

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    Thanks for the help...we are worried as it just looks so sore. The chicks do not seem to be bothered at all. Just hoping to get it healed asap. Thanks again!
     

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