Hen injured from mating.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tec27, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. tec27

    tec27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So i noticed a bald spot on one of my hens. Didn't really think anything of it. My rooster mates with her all the time so i just figured it was a little feather loss. But today i decided to check anyway just to make sure and i almost died. I have never had a rooster do this before so i don't really know what to do. The pic is kind of bloody just a heads up.

    So now i feel horrible and have no idea what to get to help this. She's eating and acting normal and doesn't seem to mind it at all. After seeing it though, its fricken horrible. Any help is appreciated.





















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  2. Rockin' Reds

    Rockin' Reds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had the exact same thing happen to one of my girls a couple of months ago. Looks pretty similar. I didn't even notice she was wounded until I picked her up and moved her wing back, then I saw the puncture.

    Anyway, I cleaned the wound really good with a sterile saline solution that I bought at my local feed store. If you don't have access to that then just plain old soap and water works fine. I coated it with Blu-Kote, then put Neosporin (without pain reliever) on it daily for a few days after that and she healed just fine. I did keep her in the house for a week or so, then out to the separate pen, until it was almost healed completely. She laid an egg for me almost every day she was in. Little sweetheart. [​IMG] She now wears a saddle to protect her from his spurs. Hope this helps!!
     
  3. tec27

    tec27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I literally just bought the Blu-Kote online right now. Hoping it will get here soon. I separated the rooster and the rest of the hens. I was hoping i didn't have to put her down because of this. Thank you so much for your help.
     
  4. littlecreekfarm

    littlecreekfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The same thing happened to my hen! I put Pick-No more on her and tried to keep the roosters from her and she was fine. It has healed but there is still a scab. Just don't let anyone peck at her anymore. Chickens are attracted to red so they will pick at the blood.
     
  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Chickens heal remarkably well, with a little rest -- and protection from the cause.

    If you want your roo back in the flock eventually, you might consider some "aprons" or "saddles" for the hens. You can purchase them (I'm sure there are some in our classified for a few dollars each) or make your own.



    http://backtobasicliving.com/blog/make-a-chicken-saddle/

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-blog-ellas-chicken-flock (scroll down about 2/3 o the way)

    http://www.backyardpoultrymag.com/issues/1/1-6/Joyce_Dixon.html
     
  6. Rockin' Reds

    Rockin' Reds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You are very welcome. The wound doesn't look too horribly bad. As long as you cleaned it really well it should not become infected. Just keep a close eye on it. The Neosporin will help too. Keep us updated on how she is doing!! [​IMG] Oh, and just as a tip...wear disposable gloves and clothes you hate while putting the Blu-Kote on, it stains something horrible.
     
  7. tec27

    tec27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay i will. Thanks again.
     
  8. tec27

    tec27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I'll have to do that.
     

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