Broken Comb? Help?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mobius, Feb 25, 2017.

  1. mobius

    mobius Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mm, well, as things go this is relatively minor, I know. But I spied an oddity on my Wyandotte's rose comb. The back spike was sticking up and then I saw another chicken pecking it once. I brought her inside, wiped with saline solution. There was a bit of blood on the cotton ball. I put triple antibiotic on it, and then some home-made blukote (not much, it is honey and blue food coloring). I could slather the comb with it of course. She is inside with me right now, walking around clucking and seems otherwise fine, normal poos, etc. The thing is, I can't figure out how to bandage it. It almost looks like it is going to come off...here are a few pics, please advise...

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  2. thlynch3

    thlynch3 Just Hatched

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    This looks like an injury that may have happened during mating. You may want to try separating her from any roosters, and any birds that may pack at it for a few days. Maybe try wrapping it in a small peice of gause.
     
  3. mobius

    mobius Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aww thanks! No roosters...I will look at gauze and vetwrap maybe? Around her neck, not sure...

    I had her inside for a couple of hours, she was insistent on going outside, but I will pick her up this evening and put her in a crate inside...
     
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  4. thlynch3

    thlynch3 Just Hatched

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    Vet wrap is a good idea. I would also look for a possible cause of the injury, you don't want this to happen again.
     
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Another thing you may consider is to remove the spike. I have never docked the combs of my chickens, but some chickens have them docked to show them. A frostbitten comb is basically docked. There are some theads that you can read on how to perform this, but I think it is basically using a sharp pair of scissors to remove the point. And apply pressure and then blood stop powder or flour to help the blood to clot. This is just a suggestion which you can consider or not. Many here on BYC could give you better instructions I am sure.
     
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  6. mobius

    mobius Chillin' With My Peeps

    As to the injury, true on both points, I have no idea at all how it happened, except perhaps for pecking. Clueless, but yes I dont want it happening again. At all. First flock injury problem. They are out and about all day foraging. Not due to confinement I don't think....

    This chicken is such a sweetie, endured the medical probing and all very well...I will clean it again tonight...
     
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  7. thlynch3

    thlynch3 Just Hatched

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    I hope she gets better.
     

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