First Chicken doctoring

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mamahen2011, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. mamahen2011

    mamahen2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    Well, I guess it was inevitable that I would sooner or later have to doctor a chicken for something or other. [​IMG] When I went to check on the girls this evening 2 were sitting on the roost and 1 was scratching the ground. When I walked up to the pen the 2 on the roost hopped off and there was a little puddle of blood on the ground and on the roost. It was quite a good glob of blood but I didn't panic, after all ... nobody was laying on the ground. Anyhow, since Justina was scratching I figured it wasn't her ... so I grabbed the first sister to check her out and lucked out in it being her. It was one of her foot feathers ... I think one of the new feathers coming in (are these called blood feathers???) Anyhow, after gently separating the surrounding feathers I found the split one. Part of the feather was still there and I thought I remembered reading that if a feather breaks and bleeds like that that you had to remove the whole sleeve and remaining feather ... so I did. It came off VERY easily, I don't think it was hanging on by anything. Anyhow, it was still bleeding a little so I took some flour and patted it around the little nub that was left after taking the feather off. It stopped bleeding right away and she was happy to go back with her buddies.

    So, first chicken doctoring experience IN THE BOOKS! [​IMG] Thank goodness it wasn't anything serious.
  2. maybejoey

    maybejoey got chickenidous?

    I would have completely panicked and checked for big life threatining things and taken her to a vet.[​IMG]
  3. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    Yay! you dun good! Yes it's true if a blood feather is cut or pecked or damaged in such a way to start bleeding, you gotta pluck the feather to stop the bleeding. Keep in mind, if you thought human blood was hard to get out of your clothes, bird blood is forever.[​IMG]
  4. wholewheatchicken

    wholewheatchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2011
    Lebanon, Ohio
    What is a blood feather and are they on all birds?
  5. mamahen2011

    mamahen2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    Good to know Nurse_turtle [​IMG] Thanks. Will make sure to keep any chicken blood off my cloths LOL. Luckily it wasn't real bad and contained with a paper towel [​IMG]

    mabeyjoey - yeah, the red blood splatter was at first a SURPRISE, but I have 5 Jack Russells so it wasn't my first rodeo in doctoring at home. [​IMG] I've done my fair share of fixing up at home vs. the trip to the vet. Plus I use to be a vet tech and saw and did a lot in practice, use to seeing blood and not getting too worked up without checking things out thoroughly. [​IMG]
  6. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    Quote:It's a new feather growing in that still has its blood supply, and is still wrapped in its quill, a papery sheath. And, yes, all birds have these during their molts.
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2011

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