Chicken's skin is falling off ?! Wound infection ? (graphic image)

cucco_luvr

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Nov 29, 2020
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While I was holding my lap chicken, my husband who was sitting next to me decides to check under her wing for no particular reason. We found this gaping wound covered in what I'm guessing is dirt mixed with blood and decay. It made me queasy, its like her skin is actually falling off because there's no clear scab, and the feathers are still connected but you can sort of move them kind of like... well a skin, like rabbit hide. We tried cleaning out the wound with hydrogen peroxide the best we could, then put her in a kennel.
Even though she's very docile, she does have a habit of flying in high places, like over gates and random materials on the farm, so perhaps she hurt herself while doing this. Although, I haven't seen any blood anywhere, so I don't know. The wound was almost completely unnoticeable, even if you lifted her wing you'd have to pull down her feathers to see the wound. Otherwise it just looks like a clump of dirt, maybe this is what concerned my husband enough to have him check her. Does anyone have any tips on how to treat this? Is this some kind of skin infection or just a wound infection?? Please feel free to ask any other questions or for more pictures. Thank you in advance.

Reminder to check on your chickens! I feel like I've been slacking on that because its summer, we (including our chickens) are just trying to stay out of the heat, but bad things can still happen to them especially if they free range.
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Swbertrand1

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It looks like an old wound that's abscessed. You need to get that cleaned up ASAP and some antibiotics applied to it! Run a Search on the Forums page - find the link just under the "Forums" tab. Use wound, infection, etc as your keywords for the search and you'll find a wealth of information on how to treat her. Here's a link to the search page in case you can't locate it: Look for posts from "Eggcessive", "Wyorp Rock", "azygous", and "casportpony" among others for some of the most useful and direct information you can use:

https://www.backyardchickens.com/search/?type=post
 

cucco_luvr

In the Brooder
Nov 29, 2020
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It looks like an old wound that's abscessed. You need to get that cleaned up ASAP and some antibiotics applied to it! Run a Search on the Forums page - find the link just under the "Forums" tab. Use wound, infection, etc as your keywords for the search and you'll find a wealth of information on how to treat her. Here's a link to the search page in case you can't locate it: Look for posts from "Eggcessive", "Wyorp Rock", "azygous", and "casportpony" among others for some of the most useful and direct information you can use:

https://www.backyardchickens.com/search/?type=post
Thank you! The wound scabbed over which I think is a good sign, the peroxide must've helped. We cleaned it again today too, and plan on stopping by Wilco to see if we can find ointment or antibiotic cream. And I'll switch to an iodine or saline solution, I just wanted to treat her asap so I used the peroxide. My hen is finally taking it easy today, not too sluggish.
 

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