Help. My hen has infection due to self mutalation.


In the Brooder
Oct 23, 2016
Thought my hen had an abscess. I realized after constantly stopping her as she viciously attacks and eats her on leg, that she is in a bad way. I need to get some strong antibiotics in her and quick. Can anyone tell me what would be a good and effective antibiotic and how to get her to leave it alone so it can heal?


Premium Feather Member
10 Years
Apr 3, 2011
southern Ohio
Most oral antibiotics are not available without a vet precription. Do you think the lesion on her leg could be a tumor which is hurting her? I think the only way you can stop the pecking is to completely cover the wound with gauze and vet wrap or duct tape. Duct tape is very hard to remove, where vet wrap can be undone easily. Bad tasting ointments sometimes can be applied to help discourage pecking, but can be messy. Maybe try her in a sling for a few hours a day so she cannot reach her leg. This sounds like a difficult task to keep her from pecking on it, but something must be really irritating it.

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