Help With Healing a chicken??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by amberdawn281, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. amberdawn281

    amberdawn281 New Egg

    Oct 2, 2012
    I have a few questions, and I would love some help!

    I have a flock of 10 and I have recently added 2 more. They were about 3 months old when i added them. They were constantly getting pecked on and hurt. I know that there is a pecking order and what not. but my hens pecked the one chicken till her back end was pecked to the meat. She wouldn't run and hide she would just sit there and take it. She is a very sweet and docile chicken. loves people and always wants to be held!
    I just rinsed it with warm water and separated her from them. She has healed up nicely except for her left leg now is funny. not broke but when she tries walking she hops. It's almost like it has no feeling. She has also started to crow in the morning?!?! she is a hen and not a rooster. I have kept her separated for about 17 days now until the scab was gone and healed.
    I now but her in a smaller cage in the coop to try and get the other hens to used to her again, but take her out at night.

    I guess I am just wondering if I am doing the right thing by keeping her separated?

    Is it normal for hens to try and crow?

    I have no clue about her left leg, I am wondering if the hens pecked her to where they hit a nerve or something and that its now damaged?

    This is her! Her name is Lucy!

    Last edited: Feb 11, 2013
  2. Gargoyle

    Gargoyle Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 13, 2011
    Fox Valley, IL
    My Coop
    Wrapping the upper thigh with vet wrap can really help, not too tight to cut circulation, leave it on for two or three days.
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    She may always be at the bottom of the pecking order now that she is limping. Yes, it is a good idea to reintroduce slowly, and to have them where they can see each other til you try reintroducing.

    And, I'm afraid she is probably a he. I'm not real good at this, but I believe I see hackle feathers. Hens will sometimes try to crow, but it never really sounds like a crow, and usually they are older hens when they do this.
  4. amberdawn281

    amberdawn281 New Egg

    Oct 2, 2012
    Thank you for the advice. I will go and get wrap tomorrow.

    She is only about 5 months old now. so it is very weird to hear her try and crow. I have been reading and tryng to research... and you know where that gets you. I have read that a dominate hen will try and take place as a rooster and can develop trait of a rooster. But she is only 5 months and has been separated from the other for most of her life.

    I am worried that she is at the bottom of the pecking order forever now. I guess I just have to keep an eye out. make sure to let them out at the crack of dawn, so they don't pick on her.

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