HELP! Badly pecked/defeathered chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by logansmommy7, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. logansmommy7

    logansmommy7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had a bad rooster...he would attack the hens-not smooth at all. Well, we took care of him tonight, he will now be roasted and hopefully enjoyed tomorrow. ANYWAY-the reason we went ahead with this is because we found one of our hens today very badly defeathered and pecked. She doesn't seem sick, just very cold and soooo many of her feathers are lost. Our temperatures are in the 20s for highs and the cold is really getting to them, all of them. How long do we keep her in? Her feathers won't come back until she molts, right? Please help!
     
  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Her feathers will begin to grow back as soon as she is seperated from who ever is picking her feathers. Painting blucote on her bare skin will be good for the wound.
     
  3. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Make sure she has a lot of protein to keep her self warm and to produce beautiful new feathers. Scrambled egg, bits of left over meat etc. Scratch added to her diet will help keep her warm at night. So sorry she is in this situation but it sound like you care for her and I'm sure she will get better every day.
     
  4. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

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    I agree, keep her full of protein to keep her warm. Scratch is a good supplement. You may also want to invest in a saddle to help with protection/warmth even though the roo is supper [​IMG]
     
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  5. logansmommy7

    logansmommy7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We thought about culling her too-but I really don't think she is sick-just cold! So I think I will put some blu-kote on her-she doesn't really have wounds but it might deter and give her lots of protein-and the others too- for a few days and let her regain her strength. Maybe filling the others up will let them leave her alone-especially since the dingbat rooster is gone now!
     

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