have 8 week old injured chick isolated. When to return to gen pop?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sloper74, Mar 27, 2007.

  1. sloper74

    sloper74 In the Brooder

    Jan 13, 2007
    We have 20 some grown hens and roosters and 40 8 week old chicks who are nesting together now (we moved the chicks out last week). One of our Aracana chicks got wedged under a board in our barn and got stuck. The other chicks or hens proceeded to rip all her back feathers out and took chunks of meat off her back. I found her in the morning, pulled her out and expected her to die but 4 days later, she is doing fine isolated in our feed bin. I'm putting Bacitracin on her back daily and she's eating and drinking fine. Put a gentle Buff Orp chick out there with her and they are fast friends. My question is when to return her to general population? Should I wait until her back is completely healed or just until the feathers are starting to grow back?

  2. TheBigWRanch

    TheBigWRanch Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    Wenatchee, Washington
    You need to wait till the wounds are gone, or else the other chickens will keep pecking at the spots.

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