- Jan 4, 2015
Good morning everyone. This morning, we were catching our chickens to put aprons on them as they had been losing a lot of back and side feathers due to our rooster. When we got to one of our hens, we discovered a large 3 inch long and 1/2 inch wide gash under her wing on her back. We are assuming it's from our rooster. It is sliced clean down to her muscle and could have been there for a week to a week and a half, as we didn't notice it when we sprayed for lice on January 8th. We hadn't noticed her acting any differently and we never did see blood. We assumed a wound to that caliber would have bled greatly. She still is in high spirits, running around, eating and drinking. We now have her penned up by herself with food and water. We soaked the wound with hydrogen peroxide and packed Neosporin (no painkillers) into it the best we could. We are going to pick up some penicillin to start her on a round of that. Does anyone else have any suggestions as to what to do next? We don't necessarily want to close it up yet and we're not sure if that would work anyway, as it may have been a while since the initial wound. We can see a scab starting to form at the top of the wound where it's the narrowest. Any advice or input would be much appreciated!