Cull or keep?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by azbecky, Jun 3, 2016.

  1. azbecky

    azbecky New Egg

    Jun 3, 2016
    Healthy and strong chick, likely suffered trauma from other hens in the pen. Missing skin from side of face, scalp loosely connected, does have membrane to blink with. Beak does not occlude. Other eye does not appear to be functioning. Cull or keep?
  2. Sorry....Cull.
  3. WildWithRoxi

    WildWithRoxi Just Hatched

    May 26, 2016
    i would say keep cause he deserves a chance !!!
  4. Peeps61

    Peeps61 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2014
    NW Florida
    It depends. If he is suffering or obviously having difficulty with living functions such as eating, drinking or moving fast enough to protect himself, then I would cull him. Otherwise, see what happens and give him a chance.

    I had a hen who was attacked by our dogs. We managed to save her before they killed her, and she healed up just fine, although her thought processes seem a bit slow, even for a chicken. She still lays eggs and hangs out with the flock, but she'll be the first one a predator gets when I free range them if she's not around the others or the rooster. However, she deserves a chance, so she got one.
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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Not quite sure what you mean by this.
    If beak does not function well enough to eat, then cull.
    How old is chick?

    I've seen some incredible loss of skin wounds heal over just fine, tho not on faces.
    Avoiding infection is the key, shock can do them in too.
    A generic anti-biotic ointment (with no pain relief ingredients, nothing with a -caine in it) can help a great deal.

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