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After B. got scalped . . .

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by frankenchick, Jul 5, 2007.

  1. frankenchick

    frankenchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sunday, one of my NHRs (Bianca) got out of the pen and was sort of plucked by our Lab/Bull Terrier (Pepper). I don’t think P intended to kill B, because with her jaw power it would’ve been simple. I think she just couldn’t resist chasing and grabbing something that ran so provocatively.

    Anyway, Bianca was missing all her neck feathers on one side, about 2/3 of her lovely tail feathers, and quite a few from her wings and one side. My big worry, once I was sure she was going to live, was that the others would peck her. I tried putting her into a kennel inside the coop, but she kept tipping over her food and water to show what she thought of the arrangement (it was very deliberate, alright).

    A gal at TSC told me about Wound Kote. It’s meant for horses, but she said she used it on her poultry. It’s an antiseptic that seals the wound AND colors it violet so that the chickens won’t peck at the seepy patches. It looks weird on B’s “auburn” plumage, but it’s working.
     
  2. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    I'm so glad it's working for you and I hope your girl will be ok.
     
  3. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    I had a shepard that loved to chase my chickens and she got a hold of one and did the same thing. Just plucked out alot of feathers but didn't kill her. My neice was screaming that Tasha was killing rain. Not sure if tasha would have killed her if megan hadn't stopped her. Rain was pretty bare but I kept her in a dog crate for a few days and then put her back in with the girls she did fine.
     
  4. frankenchick

    frankenchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, Bianca's down to one tail feather. :eek: I'm not sure who did it, so I'll spray her again tonight and watch them closely tomorrow.
     

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