Blood Bath In The Coop!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Pardee_Boy, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. Pardee_Boy

    Pardee_Boy Out Of The Brooder

    May 3, 2010
    Blissfield MI
    Went to open the pop door to allow hens to roam the run this morning and it's a bloody mess. All of them seem to be in good shape but my RIR has a peak off her comb to be almost severed off . The blood is clotted and it doesn't seem to be bleeding anymore. I'm not sure how it happened the coop is 12x4 with 6 hens and one silkie roo. I did introduce 3 of the hens later ( partridge cochins) those three stick together and often stay in the coop all day. Not sure if it's a pecking order thing going on or if having the heat lamp on 24/7 is the problem with no down time for them.

    I have them all on 16% layer with crushed oyster shells added into the feed. I change the water at least once a day and make sure its not frozen at night before bed.

    Now for the questions. For her comb should I leave it be and hope it heals on its own or should I intervene with some neosporin .I'm going to turn the light off at night for them to rest and just deal with frozen water in the A.M. .
    Now with the amount if blood in the coop, I've never had anything happen thus far to my birds so my question is do combs normally bleed like crazy or would the splatters and drops allover the coop indicate a struggle happening?was another hen or worse were most of them pecking at the sign of blood?
  2. spartacus_63

    spartacus_63 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2009
    Central Iowa
    I am guessing that there was a cat fight between your RIR and another dominant hen. Is the RIR hen younger or older? I would keep an eye on the wound, if it doesn't get infected, it will heal. You can always treat it if that is what you want to do. Hens when establishing dominance, often grab the comb of the opponent and it can be quite violent. They usually do not last long and rarely produce serious injury. Cabin fever could have aggravated the situation too.
  3. lauriej57

    lauriej57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 17, 2010
    Southwest Michigan
    I had something similar happen last year. By the amount of blood I found, I was sure I would find a dead hen. All I found was one, somewhat like you found. I brought her in, cleaned her up, and there really wasn't much damage, not for all the blood I found.

    I put Blue Kote on it, which goes on purple, but it hides the blood from the other ones, helping to avoid the others from pecking at it, plus it has some healing powers.

    Yes, there combs bleed alot.
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Yep just found my little bantam roo with his wattles bleeding and raw have a feeling some girls are behind it too, I brought him in and cleaned up the blood then put bluekote on it. What going on this time of year seems like we're seeing alot of this. My chickens free range all the time but it has been very cold up till the last few days but still their outside messing around just don't go far because of ice and snow.
  5. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

    Oct 7, 2010
    Conroe, Texas
    Winter cabinitiss: otherwise known as cabinfever.

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