Chicken Comb Torn Part Way

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ParasPosse, Sep 4, 2018.

  1. ParasPosse

    ParasPosse Hatching

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    We are new to owning chickens and have 4... 1 Buff, 1 Australorp, 1 Rhode Island & 1 Swedish Flower
    Yesterday, a neighbors cat was stalking our backyard chicken coop and made the chickens go bazzerg! Our Black Australorp, Iris, who is only 5.5 months old and not laying yet had cut/caught her comb on something in the range and cut about half an inch from the top.

    I removed her right away and tried to hold pressure to her bleeding comb but when it clotted she would shake her head and the clot would just come right out! My husband setup a dog crate with shavings, food and water and covered it with old towels in the house while i went to the vet to pick up some clotting spray or bandage spray. The vet gave me an aluminum powder and said to not put her back into the coop until it is healed as the others will peck at the comb.

    When i see Iris, she is fine and calm but her comb is hanging to the side and is almost black in color from the cut to the hanging end.

    Any suggestions on what to do with the comb when the wound heals or before? I read about dubbing but I don't think I can do this myself!! :S

    We have read this is common for wounds to happen to the combs and wattles but this is pretty frightening as its our first incident!

    I'll post a picture when i get home today.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender

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    I had this happen to one of my roosters this year. I believe my drake tore his comb half off. I had my husband trim the hanging part off with a sharp scissors, than we applied a blood stop product. It still bled a bit, but it was healed up pretty well in a few days.
     
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  3. ParasPosse

    ParasPosse Hatching

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    How did your rooster react when you cut the comb? My husband thinks it might just die and fall off but there is quite a bit of comb left that i think it will just hang there.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender

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    I held him, husband cut. The rooster did jerk a bit, but otherwise it wasn't bad.
     
  5. ParasPosse

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    Here is a picture of my iris. Is this bad? Do I need to cut it or get it cut? 20180906_164458.jpg 20180906_164428.jpg
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender

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    You could trim it or leave it be. Her comb is fairly small so it may not cause any problems to leave it.
     
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    snow5164 Crowing

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    Agreed @oldhenlikesdogs
    I’d leave it , it shouldn’t bother her it’s so small ...it’s a thick piece to cut off !!
     
  8. I personally would leave it alone. Slightly unsightly, but probably not dangerous.
     
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