I would avoid that brand of antiseptic as it has one of the "caines" in it which chickens should not be exposed to. Iodines are fine, saline solutions, just nothing with pain killers in it.Hello, again... hope you all will be able to answer this.. is it safe to use Band aid antiseptic wash on Ariel's healing wounds? she looks awful but she is healing. I've been using cotton swabs to dab the medicine. (it is that one that looks purple and smells awful)
Another question : Should I spend more time with her.. she is all alone in the garage.. i can sit out there and just keep her company... she panics when I pick her up but I hold her on her back and try to calm her. I sing to her. She stops panicking when i do so.
Thank you all for your kindness.. its been a rough year. I need to do a lot of studying to feel more competent. Amber, the hen who fought her, is fine... I've been keeping an eye on her and she's healing cleanly (not nearly same the damage) and there are no fights, thank God! And the flooring is great! I'm glad I spent the money. Worth while to do.
I Kathmandy,Hello, I am Kathymary (or Kathleen Mary) my husband took care of our little flock (Four birds; One Barred Rock, 2 Orpingtons, 1 Bantam. ) more than I ever did. He died of cancer in January and I've continued to care for them. I am enjoying the responsibility. They are egg laying Hens, nearly pets, and not for food. I didn't have any problems most of the year. I am now Having some problems; I replaced the floor of the coop and I suspect it caused more stress than I thought it would. My bantam, Ariel, had begun to refuse to turn up in the evening and then reappeared only fight Amber through the netting 2 mornings ago. I am not sure who was the real aggressor. Amber was a little damaged, but I washed her wounds off and put medicine on them, and after two days, she seems back to normal. Bernice, the barred rock and Blondie do not seem to be attacking her. I need to know more about reintroducing my pretty little Bantam, Ariel, back into the coop after she heals from her wounds. (question 1: do I wait until she is completely healed?)
I have Ariel sequestered in the garage. I'm 69, retired, living in Rural South Central Washington state. I own 10 acres, mostly, mixed forest. It's been a really challenging year for me. My husband used to check your site, though, I don't think he ever posted. I have a lot to learn, but that has been true, generally, this year. I have two sweet cats or they have me. Not sure which. Another question: how long until they get used to their nice new floor?
My hobbies are crochet, knitting, weaving, gardening, sewing, writing, cooking, tatting.
Thank you for any advice.
Welcome to BYC.
We are very Eggcited you joined.
First and foremost, I am so sorry to read about the recent death of your husband. I certainly hope you can find peace in pursuing his chicken hobby.
Second, I hadn't heard much about anyone "Tatting" anymore. That is so kool and will be a lost art someday so. I'm glad your still "Tatting".
Thank you. I have been watching a lot of videos about raising chickens. I'm starting to create a procedure to reintroduce little Ariel into the flock. I hope it works. The gist seems to be to reintroduce her slowly. I hope I will succeed. There is so much to learn! They are predicting a snow tonight and tomorrow. Winter is coming early (though a friend with horses tell me that she thinks it will be a mild winter!)
My mother and grandmother both tatted. I pretty much taught myself. I haven't done any this year but I am trying to calm down and be creative... this loss pretty much broke my heart to be honest. I truly believe there is healing when we do our arts and crafts.