Can anyone help me with home remidies for the night..small wound

mrsp523

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Many of my girls have been losing their feathers from Mr Roo (who has found a new home). One of my girls back now has a wound from the other girls pecking at it. When I went down tonight as soon as the light went on 2 of them started pecking at the spot. I'm worried come early daylight before we can buy something they will peck her to death. I should have been prepared as we already dealt with this once...but I'm not. Any home remedies that I can coat on her skin tonight to keep them from pecking coming morning? I've seen a few people mention vinegar, but that would burn like crazy and most likely just absorb into her skin and then become tasteless quick. Thanks for any help. I will be sure to be prepared next time.
 

easttxchick

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The best thing to do until you can get some Blu-Kote or something like that is to separate her from the others-they're relentless and could really hurt her worse than she already is.
 

Rare Feathers Farm

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I would put her in a cardboard box if that's all you have and get her separated. They will pick to the bone and she'll bleed out.
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After that, how many birds do you have in what amount of space? What kind of feed are you feeding? There is a reason they're picking/eating each other...

Lastly, I would get pine tar and/or blue-kote and if it's on her back, a chicken saddle to cover the wound.
 

mrsp523

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Apr 23, 2010
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we have 12 girls and and a bantom rooster. I cant give you the space..but when husband built it he built it to house 16 birds. We have a friend who raises chickens and cattle, he has seen our spacing and said it is good. He also visited a few days ago and said they seem like very happy girls. They also have a 10x10 outside run. We feed layer pellet and other leftover food daily. Im hoping the feather loss is just because the last roo was very large and aggressive towards them - thats why he found a new home. My husband is worried that even though this other roo is small he may be digging into them more when mounting them. My goodness!
We dont have a crate, just a small cat one, but I'm sure we have large cardboard boxes. I saw somewhere that you can buy hen saddles to put on them to give the feathers time to grow back. I just want all this snow to melt so we can let them free range. Or find them something else to do ~ I think they have cabin fever. Its been a hard winter. *He did tell us to buy oyster shells for them. Thanks for responding.
 

mrsp523

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Apr 23, 2010
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Western Mass
Thanks to your suggestions
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She is doing ok, went to farm store today and got the blue-kote, this was recommended by sales person over the pine tar. Also picked up a few spare emergency items so were not panicing late some night or holiday when stores are closed.
 

Miss Lydia

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To me you can't go wrong with bluekote. it is inexpensive and works to heal and to cover. And you might want to look into hen saddles I have some for my girls just in case.
 

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