Beak injury - is she rubbing it on something?

wat_da_cluck

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Apr 18, 2020
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This morning is the second time my Plymouth barred rock showed up with a beak injury. Originally I thought maybe she got into a fight with some thing (rat, weasel, chipmunk) but now I think it’s self inflicted. Or at least this time it is. You can see it’s right where the beak meets her head. And it does bleed a little.
Os there anything to do for it? The only think I can think of is she’s pressing her beak out of the hardware cloth in the morning.
 

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Isaac 0

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Looks to have hit it on some sort of blunt object. It does look minimal, so I truly think the only thing you might have to do, is slather a little bit of an antibacterial ointment overtop to prevent it from getting infected.
 

BigBlueHen53

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Is there anything you can see that might be tempting her to reach through the hc that she's trying to get at? A crumb, a kernel, a morsel of scratch? Something's got her motivated to do that. See if you can find it and get rid of it before she does herself a serious injury.
 

wat_da_cluck

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Just wanted to report back - I replaced the hardware cloth enclosure with coated hardware cloth and everything healed up in a couple weeks. BEWARE bare metal hardware cloth! Only takes a couple blades of grass to start cutting through a chicken beak!
 

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