1. LearningToFly

    LearningToFly In the Brooder

    May 4, 2007
    I introduced two new hens yesterday, thereby doubling the size of my flock.

    One of the new hens (Jane, the black star, is the suspect) bit off part of the comb of Ethyl, the white Rock. There was blood, but it stopped bleeding hours ago.

    Do I need to put anything on Ethyl's comb? Or just let it go?

    Honestly, I am not the kind to put meds on my children's injuries unless they are particularly nasty or had contact with something nasty, but this is my first 'chicken injury' and I'm not sure how fragile the chicken immune system is.


  2. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008

    I would take her out of the coop in till her comb is completly healed if she stays in there they could continue to pick on her. chickens have a thing for blood, once they see and peck/beat her up they could keep picking on her till they kill her.

    I would clean the area and put some neo-sporin (sp?) on it !!

    If you have a dog crate you could keep her in there in till healed !!
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I'd just clean it up. If it's not that bad really, and they have enough space, they should be just fine together. Picking will go on when new birds are introduced, and if there's enough space, they'll figure it out. Comb injuries are often pretty common due to biting and getting caught on the coop.

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