Bloody comb and possibly cracked beak?

Michellew044

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My girls were out free roaming and this lady was hiding in a bush and didn’t want to go into her coop. I’m pretty sure she’s molting(?).

Do you think one of her 3 other lady friends is pecking at her to make her beak and comb look like this? I think her beak is cracked.

I currently have her secluded in the garage but she’s not penned up in anyway so it’s not a permanent solution.

What should i do?

3 of the girls are buckeyes
1 of the girls is a barred rock
They are all 9 months old

Thank you!
 

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ooh.. that poor girl! all i can do is cheer you on. i know you put something over the cracks, but i don't know what. keep posting, it will get you on the "new messages" and people will see it
 

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My girls were out free roaming and this lady was hiding in a bush and didn’t want to go into her coop. I’m pretty sure she’s molting(?).

Do you think one of her 3 other lady friends is pecking at her to make her beak and comb look like this? I think her beak is cracked.

I currently have her secluded in the garage but she’s not penned up in anyway so it’s not a permanent solution.

What should i do?

3 of the girls are buckeyes
1 of the girls is a barred rock
They are all 9 months old

Thank you!
Clean her up with Chlorhexedine. Don't use Hydrogen Peroxide. If you have any type of antiseptic salve you can apply an hour or so after the Chlorhexedine.
Her comb will heal up fine.
Once you've cleaned her up you will be able to see what damage if any has been done to her beak. You might like to post some clear pictures of her beak here.
You can use cyanoacrylate adhesive to cover the crak on her beak if you are very careful. Here cyanoacrylate adhesive is often called super glue but not all super glues and made from cyanoacrylate so read the glue description before you buy or use.
Is she an ex battery hen? Her beak looks very flat where there should be apoint or is that part of the recent damage?
 

Michellew044

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Clean her up with Chlorhexedine. Don't use Hydrogen Peroxide. If you have any type of antiseptic salve you can apply an hour or so after the Chlorhexedine.
Her comb will heal up fine.
Once you've cleaned her up you will be able to see what damage if any has been done to her beak. You might like to post some clear pictures of her beak here.
You can use cyanoacrylate adhesive to cover the crak on her beak if you are very careful. Here cyanoacrylate adhesive is often called super glue but not all super glues and made from cyanoacrylate so read the glue description before you buy or use.
Is she an ex battery hen? Her beak looks very flat where there should be apoint or is that part of the recent damage?
 

Michellew044

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@Shadrach

Thank you so much for your reply!

We bought the girls as 6 baby chicks from a local ag store back in Feb and these are our remaining 4 (lost one to a gutsy hawk who went inside their old run and then lost another a few weeks ago to a liver hemmorage - we had a necropsy done on her…poor girls) we’ve had some crappy luck so far!

Due to the extremely upsetting hawk incident we only let them out of their enclosure for about an hour a day. Their living space is a 200 sqft chicken run and the over Ez large chicken coop. I can hardly believe i don’t have a good photo of their full set up.

I think she further injured her beak (i noticed she was actively bleeding on the window sill) while in the garage so i put her in their coop. All 4 ladies are currently sleeping on roosting bars.

We will visit a TSC tomorrow to get some of the products you mentioned. I appreciate you so very much!!
 

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Sorry for your loss...the liver girl.
This bird doesn't look bad at all and should heal just fine on its own.

If you don't mind may I ask what exactly you were feeding your flock when your last bird died?
 

Michellew044

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Sorry for your loss...the liver girl.
This bird doesn't look bad at all and should heal just fine on its own.

If you don't mind may I ask what exactly you were feeding your flock when your last bird died?
Thank you for the encouragement!!

They are on purina organic layer and oyster shell. Prior to the liver hemmorage gal, they were also getting a ton of party flock worms which I’ve since found out aren’t the best thing to allow them to over indulge in :/ i keep a small bowl of food in their run and was filling it up 3x a day. After she died, i only need to top it off once a day. That gal must’ve been overeating big time! The vet tech said “she had a fatty liver and died from a liver hemorrhage”.
:’(
 

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they were also getting a ton of party flock worms which I’ve since found out aren’t the best thing to allow them to over indulge in
Sorry for your loss. I hope your injured gal is soon healed. Poor baby. It's so hard when the animals are hurting and can't tell you their stories.

Are party flock worms the same as black soldier fly larva? I treat my girls with those
 

Michellew044

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Sorry for your loss. I hope your injured gal is soon healed. Poor baby. It's so hard when the animals are hurting and can't tell you their stories.

Are party flock worms the same as black soldier fly larva? I treat my girls with those
Thank u 🙏
The soldier fly ones are a diff variety :).

I think the issue with what we were doing was that we were giving them a bunch every day. Like 2-4 mason jars full every day for 5 ladies 😕 from what I’ve been reading, we were really allowing them to over indulge 😣 we’ve been giving occasional fruit and veggie scraps lately. They really like strawberries 🍓
 

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Thank u 🙏
The soldier fly ones are a diff variety :).

I think the issue with what we were doing was that we were giving them a bunch every day. Like 2-4 mason jars full every day for 5 ladies 😕 from what I’ve been reading, we were really allowing them to over indulge 😣 we’ve been giving occasional fruit and veggie scraps lately. They really like strawberries 🍓
Oh, I see! Yes, that's a lot, whoops! Well.... you're on track, now :)
 

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