Chicken newbie here

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by linds378, Oct 10, 2013.

  1. linds378

    linds378 New Egg

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    Our family just started our back yard flock a week ago. We have 6 girls and tonight I heard them squealing so I bolted out the door and saw a neighborhood cat who was so determined to have one that she gashed the tail feather area and its bleeding. I don't know what to do or watch for or how to prevent this. The girls are young - store clerk said about 5-6 weeks. They must have been too close to the chicken wire and the cat reached in and scratched her. Any help??
     
  2. AK Baha

    AK Baha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicken wire will not protect your birds. You should use 1/4" hardware cloth.I would also set a trap for the cats. [​IMG]
     
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  3. linds378

    linds378 New Egg

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    Okay . Thank you. Ill pass that along to the builder hubs. Do you use it all around the run? Over head? The cat lives next door:/
     
  4. AK Baha

    AK Baha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes.You really do not want any opening that a predator can get through. Even a 1" gap is to big.
     
  5. linds378

    linds378 New Egg

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    Thank you. Do you have any suggestion on how to treat the injured chick ?
     
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    AK Baha Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. linds378

    linds378 New Egg

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    Ok thank you.
     
  8. AK Baha

    AK Baha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You are very welcome.
     
  9. Crooked-Creek

    Crooked-Creek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You might consider adding a small pattern wire along the bottom of their pen to keep preditors from reaching in. If the bleeding is minimal, clean the wound and place some first aid cream like (bacitracin) to help prevent infection. We have even had to add stitches a time of two. Good Luck!!!
     
  10. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]Happy you joined!
     

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