Chicken fight

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Barn Maid Ann, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. Barn Maid Ann

    Barn Maid Ann Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2008
    Punta Gorda, FL
    I had to take one of my hens into the vet today because her eye area was all swollen. I had seen her, a White-faced Black Spanish, going at it with my little silver Leghorn hen. Then I noticed the eye. The vet ended up putting two stitches in because she had a pretty good cut in her eyelid. She also had a pretty good cut on her wattle. Looks like the eye itself will be okay.

    This is the first injury I have had like this. These guys are about 7 months old now and have grown up together. I have seen them have their squabbles, but geesh!

    Is it common for chickens to chomp each other up like this? What should I have in a first aid kit. I don't think I can afford to be taking them in for suturing all the time. Not sure what the total bill is on this one yet (I pretty much pay on my vet bill bi-weekly, with all my pets - argh).
  2. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    I just went through the same thing with mine, about the same age, but 2 roos. You expect them to fight, but these 2 wouldn't back down. I had to seperate them. Both were beat up pretty bad. I doctored them the best I could. I'd also like to know what should be kept in a 1st aid kit and for what purposes.
  3. allaboutdemchicks

    allaboutdemchicks Chapel Farms

    Sep 13, 2008
    Jemison, AL
  4. Chickenfortress

    Chickenfortress Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2008
    A pretty basic kit would likely have...
    Neosporin or the like
    Blue-kote, a pecking preventative
    Petroleum jelly, for cold protection on comb/wattles and mite treatment
    Saline solution, for irrigation of wounds (even contact wash works)
    Gauze and tape, for binding/immobilizing damaged wings and such
    Duct tape, a quick cover for small pecked wounds, fall off later
    Band-aids, for spraddle legged chicks
    Popsicle sticks, for splints
    Uncoated bayer or generic aspirin, for easy dissolution
    A small tarp or sheet of plastic, to provide clean ground cover to work on. put it in a plastic baggie to keep it contained.
    5/0 sutures, but only if you can use them, superglue if you can't
    forceps, 2 or 3, for the suturing
    And most important, a sealing container to put them all in. Chickens are the dustiest critters this side of Pigpen, and you don't want your supplies contaminated

    Add to this, folks, I know i've missed a few things.
  5. Barn Maid Ann

    Barn Maid Ann Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2008
    Punta Gorda, FL
    Thanks for the responses. The Shagbark site is very good and I saved it for future reference.

    Chickenfortress, are you talking about the blue-kote I have for my horses? I get it at the feed store. I think the main ingredient is gentian blue. I would not have thought of using that on chickens so this is good to know. Also, you mentioned aspirin....what would I be using this for, and at what dosage? I don't know what is okay to use and what is not.

    I guess a better question would be what is NOT safe for chickens in a first aid kit?!
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    What is NOT safe is anything with "caine" in it, like Benzocaine or Lidocaine. It can kill them.
  7. andorraclaim

    andorraclaim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 28, 2008
    East Austin, Texas
    I've had mixed results with Blu-Kote, it does stop pecking tho, however does not heal any wounds from it. It ended up causing redness with one of my hens, I've had to put regularly neosporin on it since.

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