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can I give my rooster a bath inside during the winter

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mlcrossland, Feb 8, 2016.

  1. mlcrossland

    mlcrossland Out Of The Brooder

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    I went outside this afternoon to check on my chickens and noticed that my rooster had blood all over his neck and back I then realized it was from our Turkey who took a big chunk out of his cone, but what I'm asking is can I give him a bath inside. It is about 32 degrees outside and his blood is making him wet, after the bath I would blow dry him then return him to the coop. Can I do that?
     
  2. wingedshade

    wingedshade Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depending on how cold the weather is, bringing him in for a bath may de-acclimatize him. I would suggest using a damp wash cloth, and drying him with a towel. If the bleeding has stopped don't remove the scab that had formed.
     
  3. mlcrossland

    mlcrossland Out Of The Brooder

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    He has been in the coop for most of the day and the coop is about the temperature of our house because it's heated we tried using a damp washcloth and the blood won't come and if our chickens see blood they peck it.
     
  4. mlcrossland

    mlcrossland Out Of The Brooder

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    I forgot to mention that he's in our house right now and he is used to it because of other emergencies so being inside doesn't stress him out.
     
  5. wingedshade

    wingedshade Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh that's good. I would think you can bathe him in that case. Chickens generally don't like getting wet so it's probably a good idea to wash him in a sink so the water can drain as you clean him off. A second person to help hold him might be good. I have had good luck using salves and ointments to close wounds on chickens since it's so hard to keep bandages on them. I recall we used to have some kind of copper based powder for the goats to stop bleeding, but I can't remember what it was called.
     
  6. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Have you been able to stop the bleeding? You can use cornstarch or flour to help stop the flow.
    Get the blood washed off. Use a blow dryer and dry him thoroughly.
    You can apply something like vetericyn to the comb then dab a little bluekote on the wound, that will help disguise it so hopefully the others won't pick at it.
     
  7. mlcrossland

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    Thanks for the help guys I washed his neck off then blow dried him and put him back in the coop.
     

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