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micstrachan

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This morning I discovered blood in the coop after all the girls came out and seemed well.
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Upon closer inspection, it’s a LOT.
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I checked combs. Nope. It’s Buttercup’s foot.
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Maybe just a broken feather, but I’m a little scared to see what I find, since we’ve been battling rats. I just found a place they could get into the actual coop through the attached shed.

Wish us luck...
 

micstrachan

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There is a big clump of dried blood... I think it’s just a broken feather that bled like crazy. Poor baby. I think she broke it before going to roost last night.

Regardless... I’ll be in there blocking holes with hardware cloth today. It’s right where the roof beams meet the wall.

Buttercup is slightly favoring the foot. Can broken feathers hurt? I might need to look closer.
 

micstrachan

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There’s a HUGE chunk of dried blood wedged between toes and stuck in feathers. I washed gently once by squirting warm, slightly soapy water. I’m pretty sure it’s just from a broken feather, but I don’t want to pull that giant scab out to confirm. I just trimmed feathers a little and applied a generous amount of coconut oil around the bloody chunk and surrounding area in hopes it keeps softening up so it can fall off. I can’t see an injury, and I’m pretty sure nothing has been chewing on her toes.
 

Diana_burns04

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This morning I discovered blood in the coop after all the girls came out and seemed well.
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Upon closer inspection, it’s a LOT.
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I checked combs. Nope. It’s Buttercup’s foot.
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Maybe just a broken feather, but I’m a little scared to see what I find, since we’ve been battling rats. I just found a place they could get into the actual coop through the attached shed.

Wish us luck...

My coop.Is my shed
 

micstrachan

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If you can't see anything by tomorrow and the clump is still there maybe soak in a nice warm foot bath with some Epsom salts mixed in. Don't let her drink the water ES is also a laxative.
Thanks. I ended up pulling a big chunk off, but let the rest be. I saw her attempting to clean it up later. Her behavior is perfectly normal, but she is still slightly favoring that foot. I think I’ll soak and/or wash it again tomorrow, and perhaps soak it with vetericyn.

I blocked off the holes AND found a place where rats had chewed THROUGH the wood building from underneath the coop into the “sunroom,” which has a pop door to the coop open at all times. So now I think if anything is living under the coop, there is no escape route. Perhaps not my best move.
 
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