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Comb gone

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by S0rcy, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. S0rcy

    S0rcy Songster

    Ok, I am a sucker for a pretty face. I decided to take in a hen that was separated at a farm because the other chickens had pecked away her comb and most of the feathers on her head. She is getting pretty friendly in her isolation cage, but if I bring her home, what could I do for her comb area? I know there couldn't be a way for it to grow back, but I'd like to make her comfortable!
  2. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    is it sore?
    is it bleeding?
    is it infected?
  3. S0rcy

    S0rcy Songster

    It is not bleeding or infected, the owners have taken good care of her. She does seem to flinch when her head comes near anything.
  4. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    if she is eating well, and alert, and doesn't appear to be in any discomfort..then maybe she doesn't need anything done..

    if the comb is still "open" from injury..you can apply polysporin or neosporin to it..
    if it is scabby, or stiff...a little vaseline will help soften it..

    if you have other chickens..you will have to be on the alert for them pecking at her..
    chickens tend to notice "weird" combs, and might peck..
  5. S0rcy

    S0rcy Songster

    I have four 9 week olds becoming 10 weeks on sunday, but she will be housed in the chain link/wire area with her own housing until she is no longer sore. They will be able to interact through the fencing but not actually peck each other.

    How about pine tar? Would this protect the area?

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