My hands are still shaking so hard I can't type...I'm out giving them their nooner treats and I see blood dripping from the big roo's butt.
Then I notice that two or three of the BSL's are chasing him and pecking at it...ewwwwww.
Finally chased him down...he's lost a lot of weight since the last time I handled him two weeks ago. And his...butt...ah...'opening' is just a bloody mass.
About a 2 inch by 2 inch area of raw meat, oozing and dripping.
Dang. I freaked out and grabbed the blood stop powder and doused him, but in a bit I'm going to try and clean him up more.
Went into the other run: that rooster (an EE who's always been a jerk to the girls) has no beard, two tailfeathers, and he's bleeding too.
The 14 EE's and 5 BSLs are in a 30x35 run with an attached 17x10 coop. The 20 Astrolorp & BSL's are in a 12x24 run with an attached 10x6 coop. Both are netted heavily so they have free run of inside/outside. Food and water are in many seperate areas.
The ONLY thing that's changed in the last week is I'm switching everyone over to pellets, and it's been raining. But both have outside areas they can be in out of the rain...minimum 10x6.
Thoughts? I'm thinking a little Kevlar suit for them? Or maybe duct tape a metal colander to their backsides? (uh, maybe vetwrap instead of duct tape