Help! Open Wound on top of hens head from others pecking what do i do

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by crystal2658, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. crystal2658

    crystal2658 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just introduced 5 new hens into my small flock of 6 hens 1 rooster 2 days ago. 2nd morning got up to horrificly attacked chicken. Had to put her down, she was totally scalped plus missing half her neck. Got home from work today and they have started on another one. thankfully just about a quarter/nickel size wound on the top of her head. It is an open and bloody wound. Going to go to town right now to try to get something from TSC. Don't know what though. What should i do? Please help. Will be keeping her in house in a medium size dog kennel/cage.
    Please help! Thanks
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    You'll have to keep her inside till the wound heals up. Chickens have the unfortunate habit of eating each other if they get started on one little wound. Do they have enough floor space in the coop?
     
  3. crystal2658

    crystal2658 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your fast response. Yes, plenty of space. What do i do/put on the wound though.
    Thanks
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Neosporin antibiotic ointment would be the easiest to get. Most people have some on hand. Just do not put anything with benzocaine in it or any 'caine' meds-it can shut down their nervous system.
     
  5. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - sorry your first post is about such a tragic thing.

    How did you handle the "introductions"? Did you just add the 5 new hens to the others or did you keep them in viewing area but separate for awhile? Should have done the second, if not can still do so.

    Also when you say they have "plenty of space" - how much is plenty in your definition? It makes a big difference. They need lots of room to get away and form their own flock till they begin to mingle.
     

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