Has anyone seen this before? Chicken packing own wounds?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Noble Rooster, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. Noble Rooster

    Noble Rooster Songster

    Apr 28, 2009
    I have a girl who was attacked by a coyote over the weekend, and she has quite a horrible bite on her back. I'm all set as far as wound care info, etc., but was just curious about whether anyone else had seen the following behavior? This morning I saw her putting shavings on her back and thought she might be getting ready to lay whatever egg was in the pipeline when the attack occurred. I checked an hour later, no egg, and it turns out she had deliberately packed her wound full of shavings. I picked them all out and am switching her bedding to brown paper bags until the wound closes up a bit, but it was very interesting to me that she had taken that approach to wound self-care. Anyone else seen this?

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