HELP! Chicken With Ripped Wattle

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TwoCrows, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    My top of the pecking order Australorp, Pearl, was the most brutal ruler of the flock. She would not only charge and attack me like a mean rooster, drawing blood from me, but was ripping all the girls combs to the point of them losing the tips.

    I got so sick of her behavior that I got her sporting "Pinless Peepers". Ah...peace at last! Well, she has been sporting these things for 4 months and today I thought I might try giving her "parole" from them and take them off.

    After removing the peepers and turning her loose, I noticed the second in command bird challenging her with posture and her eyes. I didn't give it much thought as I figured Pearl will rise up to the challenge and I would be putting these peepers right back on. So I walked away.

    About an hour later, I go to check on them and Pearl is in the nest box and I see that her wattle is ripped. She obviously has lost her position. The other bird has a few tiny scratches on her ear lobe.

    So I applied some Blu-Kote to her wattle. And wow, judging from the color of my fingers, her wattle is going to be purple for a very LOONNNGGG time!

    This brings me to my questions....Do I need to do something with that flap of wattle that is hanging or will it dry up and fall off, possibly heal? How often do I need to apply the Blu-Kote as I can not longer see the color of her skin and judge as to it healing what with all the purple color.

    And lastly, can I eat her eggs being that Blu-kote is a antifungal, antibacterial.

    Thanks all!

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  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Wow! My australorp is so even tempered; I can't imagine a bullyish one. The eggs won't be an issue -never heard of a withdrawl w/bluekote. If I had the gumption (which I don't), I'd probably clip that piece of wattle off, just because I'd worry about it being a future target. I doubt it will fall off...looks like it will heal up and just stay sectioned like that. As you suggested, I'd keep it purple/blue until most of the redness/blood is gone so it doesn't attract others...I'd think within a week or so it'd look the same color as the rest of the wattle.
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Thank you soooo much! I really do not have the courage to cut that thing off either. But I didn't want it to get gangrious. (sp) I don't think the others are going to bother it, as I was just out checking on her and she is back to being a bit aggressive with the others. I am just going to leave it the way it is and hope it heals up ok.

    I was surprised that she, being an Aussie is that aggressive also. She had AE as a baby (3 days old) and was behind the others in growth for several months. So that may have affected her brain. [​IMG] But I still love her just the same and will keep her til the end. Even if she does go back to biting me!!

    Thanks again!
     

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