Help! Pullet half scalped!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by azygous, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    This morning every one wanted to lay at once, and there was an altercation and some blood spilled. I didn't notice until now that the victim, my six month old SLW pullet, had her comb ripped halfway off!

    I brought her in and cleaned her head, being covered with dried blood, with peroxide. I now have her in a pet crate where she's munching some grain contentedly.

    What do I need to do? Is there anyway to get the comb to re-attach where it's been torn away from her scalp? It's the back part that's flapping free, with raw flesh underneath.
     
  2. FortWorthChicks

    FortWorthChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    maybe its too late but maybe you could suture the comb back together and see if it will heal up right. Could be torn for life but thats my best guess at it. Sad stuff!
     
  3. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Even if I could somehow get the thing sutured, I doubt it would take. It was several hours after it had happened that I discovered it, and by that time it had dried. I certainly couldn't do it, and we just have large animal vets around here. No one does chickens.

    I was going to get some of that coating that you paint on wounds so the others won't peck it, but my local feed store is all sold out. (Don't even get me started on these big chain stores. We had three others and it drove them all out of business. Now when I need something, and they're out of it, well, like I said, don't get me started)

    I have her in a pet crate and she's in the coop with the others. I'm hoping that can keep her in the pecking order, but she'll be safe until her wound heals.
    By the time it heals, the BiggeR feed store should have the "no-peck" stuff. They're so helpful.

    If anyone can think of anything more I should be doing, I'd be grateful. I've only had chickens for about a year and a half, and never had to deal with a serious injury before. It's scary.
     

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