In the Brooder
- Jul 17, 2020
Well, I was away from my small flock for 2 weeks and had a pet sitter come feed them daily. When I returned, I noticed one hen’s beak looked slightly crooked and she was unable to close it flush. I brought her inside and noticed a little scab on the corner and a large lump inside the mouth on that side. So large I think it’s offsetting her jaw. I can feel it from the outside of her jaw and that side of her wattle is slightly swollen and hot. Initially she couldn’t eat but after cleaning the dirt and some puss from her mouth she gobbled down some eggs and wet cat food. She’s in obvious pain and eats in small spurts but eats none the less. She has lost so much weight. She was 8 pounds when I left and is 4 now. I thought this could be wet pox because she had fowl pox before I left. Long story short, she has been getting bullied by the “top dog”. I think she’s stressed. Anyway, over the next day I cleaned her mouth and fed her 3x per day, gave her amoxicillin and aspirin for pain and any secondary infection and then I turned her over and noticed a HUGE scabbed wound on her belly. I decided I better do a more thorough investigation and checked under the wings. One side has a decent scabbed laceration and the other has another HUGE scab only this one appear that her skin was actually sliced off and rolled up and healed/scabbed in a lump. Now I’m thinking maybe she was attacked by something while I was away? I did noticed once I allowed the girls out to free range there would NOT go back in their pen at night by themselves to roost (which they always do) and there are feathers in the coop but I had assumed they were molting. My question is, does this seem like a preditor attack or some sort of disease making her skin practically fall off? I have been giving amoxicillin but perhaps I should get tetracycline since it’s primary skin lesions? I have sured up the coop but should I keep her inside at night so she can heal in the warmth? We are in NC so it’s 30’s-40’s at night. She would prefer to be with her bully sisters and I don’t want to stress her more or make it more difficult on her by having to reintroduce her to the flock that’s already bullying her. Also- does anyone know how much aspirin I can give her daily and for how long. Now I’m thinking the jaw is fractured and that’s why she eats in short spurts and then stops.I fell bad because I have been opening it to clean thinking it was wet pox. It prob made the pain worse. Currently she sticking with her sisters but tucks her head under her wing throughout the day and just lays down. I think it’s due pain. And finally- what do I do about these scabs!? Leave them? They don’t seem infected but one has healed very weird. Pics attached.