Chicken Is Pecking Herself and Is Drawing Blood!!! HELP

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Peep-Chicken, Oct 18, 2013.

  1. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Our Wellie has been picking her legs and drawing blood. Why is she doing this?! How do you prevent infection from these open scabs?
     
  2. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    Does she perhaps have mites?? As far as preventing infection, clean with soap & water, Neosporin ointment or similar should do the trick, Sue
     
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  3. saellis

    saellis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thoroughly check for mites or ticks and, as boskelli said, Neosporin ointment. Blue Kote can keep them from further picking at a wound.
     
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  4. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

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    If possible, could you share a picture of her legs? Check if her scales are raised, or if she has anything stuck under her scales that may be of discomfort.

    For now, clean the area and put some neosporin (non-pain relieving) on the wounds and put a couple dabs of Blu-Kote on top. (Like the other posters had mentioned.)
     
  5. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Ok thanks. I will post done pics of her legs tomorrow
     

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