1. MEchickenfarmer33

    MEchickenfarmer33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    one of my chickens has appeared to have been pecked brutally on her neck. she is the smallest of our 19 chicken flock and we have just introduced them together for about a week now. She is totally fine too. shes acting normal, eating, drinking, and even comes to visit when i enter the coop. What should i do to

    a.) keep the chickens from pecking at the wound
    b.)how to protect from infections (should i use peroxide)
    c.)should i cover it up with gauze or band aids
    d.)should i isolate her for the time being during healing

    thanks so much if you respond. I need urgent help!!!!
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    I would separate her to clean and assess the wound. You can use peroxide for the initial cleaning, but then use something milder such as saline or soap and water. You can try to disguise the wound using Blukote wound dressing, but I wouldn't try to use gauze or any of that stuff unless the wound is really bad. It won't stay in place and will be pulled off within minutes anyway. You need to decide if she should stay out of the flock until she heals. I am reluctant to remove birds from the flock unless absolutely necessary. If the wound is disguised enough by the Blukote then she should be OK in the flock, but if it is still obvious despite the Blukote then you should probably isolate her until she is healed.

    I hope this helps. Good luck.
     
  3. MEchickenfarmer33

    MEchickenfarmer33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i dont have any blukote so what else could i use in place of it
     
  4. SkyWarrior

    SkyWarrior Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
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    Quote:Blue or green food coloring. [​IMG]
     
  5. MEchickenfarmer33

    MEchickenfarmer33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Blue or green food coloring. [​IMG]

    mixed with what??? i just went out there and i used soap water and wiped it off with a gauze. then i put infection preventing ointment on the wound and let her eat some greek yogurt (for the protein). she ate and drank some water and went to roost with the other chickens. so yeah what should i mix the food coloring with??
     
  6. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    That won't work. It won't stick to the wound like the gentian violet in Blukote will. If you don't have Blukote then the bird will need to be separate until she heals otherwise the others will just keep picking at her.
     
  7. PamB

    PamB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    Dayville, CT
    X2. Remove her and pick up some Blukote.

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  8. Dain

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    would a mixture of Tea Tree oil and water work on the wound?
     

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