Best thing to do for a big cut on a hen's back?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MelanieS, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. Hi everyone,

    Meet my new chickens here !

    When I got my ladies on Sunday, my Plymouth Rock (Rose) had a cut on her back that was scabbed over. Most likely because she was well loved my the previous owner's roostesr but who knows? She didn't come from good conditions. [​IMG]

    She still has the cut and we have been watching it, to make sure that it wasn't becoming infected and that her coop mates didn't peck at it. They did the first day home but got over it. But, now it's started up again. What is the best thing to do here? I saw posts about applying duct tape to their back to cover over bare feather spots (which she does have). Could I apply some ointment to her cut and then place the duct tape over top? The cut is not so big as to require stitches but it is about an inch long and very red from the pecking. I've been watching them and I don't think the pecking is constant but it's often enough to open the wound back up.

    I have tried Gentian Violet to reduce the redness and give it a gross taste but it didn't really work and none of those other options for doing that (some of the powders, etc mentioned here) are available in my area.

    Thanks!
     
  2. kemclaughlin

    kemclaughlin Chillin' With My Peeps

    448
    7
    118
    Apr 15, 2011
    Garden City, ID
    blu kote and pine tar seem to be highly recommended around here. If they came from a bad situation then you might want to take them to the vet or at least treat them for parasites.
     
  3. Kikiriki

    Kikiriki Chillin' With My Peeps

    926
    52
    148
    May 26, 2011
    Central Florida
    I'm new to chickens, but I saw someone post about making a jacket to cover a wound. I have stick on bandaides for people...would that work on a chicken? Otherwise, I'd just use some fence to keep her separate, but still with the rest of the girls. Good luck!
     
  4. Greenleggedhatch

    Greenleggedhatch Out Of The Brooder

    14
    0
    21
    May 24, 2011
    I use an ointment called bag balm, you can find it at your feed store or at the pharmacy. The last can I bought was at cvs. It works very well and I don't think I would use tape on it I think that would cause more problems.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by