Cut on comb

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Easter eggers, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. Easter eggers

    Easter eggers Songster

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    One of my hens bit one of my other ones on the comb it's not bad but just wondering if it will heal on it's own and not get infected?
     
  2. GreenGables

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    I would apply a triple antibiotic ointment to the area after cleaning it. I had to do this to one of my hens.
     
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  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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    My bantam roo got his comb torn up by the big girls when he tried taking liberties [​IMG] I didn't do anything for it and it healed nicely on it's own. Combs are very vascular and tend to bleed like stink, the bleeding helping to cleanse the wound and prevent infection. I'd just keep an eye on her, watch for any signs of infection or change in behavior.
    edited--are you sure the biter is a hen? Just sayin' [​IMG]
     
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  4. extraordinaryfowl

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    donrae is right - I've had roosters who grew up together suddenly turn on each other one day and bloody up each other. Unless it is really, really bad or doesn't heal I don't do anything.
     
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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  6. Firefighter Chick

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    my chickens have bit and torn each other's combs a bit and they've healed on their own.
     

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