Help my rooster is eating himself!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by poussin_noir, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. poussin_noir

    poussin_noir Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Went out to the coop this morning to bring water and noticed the wall and feeder sprayed with blood! So I begin checking everyone and notice my roosters wattles are bleeding bad. I bring him in to stop the bleeding and clean him up. As soon as I let him go, I notice him bending his head down toward his chest and rip a chunk out of his wattle and eats it and goes at it again. There very long and he can reach them.
    I tried bandaging and taping his waddles against his neck but just scratches it off and i'm afraid he will hurt himself further scratching his head.
    How can I stop him from tearing himself up?
    Thanks any ideas would be welcomed.
     
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  2. winekntrychicks

    winekntrychicks Pooper Peeper

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    Not sure what to do, He's found he likes the taste of blood. I have heard of beak trimming. But before you do it research it. Tape his beak shut until you figure out what to do. Put Him in a kitty crate, and put a blanket over it so its dark. This should calm him down maybe he will go to sleep until you figure out what to do.
     
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  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    What are you feeding him? Have you checked him for mites and lice?
     
  4. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    Oh boy...all I can say is try some of the bad tasting stuff they spray on hens. It's called Hot Pick. Good luck! Oh and before you spray it on I would maybe coat it in some Vaseline maybe. Not sure if it would sting him or not.
     
  5. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try putting something nasty tasting on them. The vet has stuff that's really bitter to put on it. Then you could wrap his wattles up all the way around his neck.

    Do you know what caused him to pick at the wattles? Did they get frozen or something?
     
  6. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

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    Would you consider dubbing his wattles? A bit extreme, but it's an unusual situation.
     
  7. poussin_noir

    poussin_noir Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea, no mites or lice and they get layer feed and veggies ,yogurt nothing out of the ordinary. None of the hen's noticed as it must have just happened but he really wont leave himself alone. I have him inside right now and plan on keeping him separated until I can figure out what to do.
    What is dubbing? Can it help him you think?
     
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  8. poussin_noir

    poussin_noir Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mrs.Puff :

    Try putting something nasty tasting on them. The vet has stuff that's really bitter to put on it. Then you could wrap his wattles up all the way around his neck.

    Do you know what caused him to pick at the wattles? Did they get frozen or something?

    I think they must have gotten wet the day before when he was drinking and maybe got frozen last night? I tried to wrap them like that but he scratches his head like mad to get it off and I'm worried he will cause himself to bleed.​
     
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  9. winekntrychicks

    winekntrychicks Pooper Peeper

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  10. dbcooper02

    dbcooper02 Chillin' With My Peeps

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