Blood Everywhere...what to do???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ladybug99, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. ladybug99

    ladybug99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Went down the coop this morning and there is a lot of blood splattered every where, especially on the water and food containers. After a quick count every one was present and accounted for. It was still dark but with a quick glance of my flash light I could see both of the roos with bloody combs....from what I could see it is just the tips. I can see that they have black spots and dried blood, this looks to have been older injuries that have been re opened. It has been cold here so I am assuming they have frost bite from a previous cold snap we had a few weeks ago. the coop is now winterized so I am sure frostbite won't happen again. Is there anything I should do? These guys are not my pets so they are not the easiest to catch or treat.... so if it will heal on its own I would rather let them be, but if not I want to do what is best for them. It doesn't seem that they are getting pecked.. looks more like they are injuring themselves when going for food... hitting thier combs on the sides of the container

    The entire flock are Welsummers, about 6 moths old. Very healthy bunch. I have 24 hens and two roos. A few of the girls are laying. The boys grew up together and have not shown any real aggression to each other.. just your typical pecking order stuff.

    Looking forward to your suggestions. [​IMG]
     
  2. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think I would be looking for a different style feeder or waterer, whichever is causing the problem.......Pop
     
  3. Frost Homestead

    Frost Homestead eggmonger

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    how did you winterize your coop? not having adequate ventilation during cold months can cause condensation on their combs which can lead to frostbite
     
  4. Annschooks

    Annschooks Out Of The Brooder

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    Put some vaseline [Petroleum Jelly] on their combs to protect against frost bite. What caused the previous injuries to their combs?
     
  5. Keara

    Keara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I doubt it is frostbite, the affected area does not bleed just turns black and falls off. More likely the roos where bit. Either by eachother, a hen, or a rat in the coop. When the birds are roosting for the night it is not uncommon for there to be some fighting for the best spot.
     
  6. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Not entirely accurate.

    Frostbite goes through many stages. Just before it starts to blacken and wither, it goes through a very fragile stage where the slightest touch will make it bleed. I think the injuries could be a combination of the feeders irritating the damaged tips causing bleeding and then the other birds seeing the blood and picking at the bleeding combs. Between those two things your coop probably looks like a massacre took place. Slap some Blukote on those boys and they'll be as good as new. The frostbitten areas should be starting to dessicate and once that happens they won't have any further injury. In the meanwhile, perhaps you look at a different type of feeder that won't hit their combs.

    Last winter my roo, who had the most gloriously large wattles, got frostbite all over them from dipping them in the waterer. One morning I walked out to the coop and his favorite girl was coated in blood- all over her neck, her head and her back. I flipped because she is also a family favorite and I didn't want to explain to my daughter that she was wounded. I searched her over 3 times and could find nothing, but she was soaked in blood. I finally ascertained that in the process of mating the roo's damaged wattles had bled all over his favorite girl. They had bled a lot. Right after that incident his wattles withered up and sloughed off.

    I hope this helps. Good luck.
     
  7. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

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    X2, sounds like frostbite. I have a pic, but not saved in my uploads, and I stink at pics.
    Will look for you. The comb looks like all black, and shriveled up on the points.
    And then, they fall off.
     
  8. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

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    Found it. [​IMG]
    See that last little stub? Was giving him a bath, to get them all to fall off.
     
  9. ladybug99

    ladybug99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definately frost bite.. looks just like the picture.... I tried to blukote them but got more on me then on them... yuck [​IMG]
     
  10. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

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    I just used Neosporin, lay it on thick, it may insulate it a bit.
    Some of my boys have the brains to stay inside on cold days, but Harry here, there's nothing left. He's a dummy. Or maybe he just enjoys the attention.
     
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