Hole pecked in foot - what now

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by WeLoveTheChicks, Jan 12, 2008.

  1. WeLoveTheChicks

    WeLoveTheChicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Today just as we were leaving for our 2nd Christmas with my in-laws, I went to check the chickens and found bloody chickens. One of the girls' feet is pecked and her counterpart (Brahma) has a bloody beak. We separated the injured one by putting it in a dog carrier in the garage, cleaned it's feet in the bathtub and gave it fresh food bedding and a water bottle (hamster style). Will she figure out how to drink? What can be done about the injuries? We had to leave her for the afternoon/evening.

    The above was written while still at the in-laws. We have returned. She is settled in and sleeping in the crate so I will just let her be until morning.
    Some details in no particular order: She is 28 weeks old. It was snowing today and they don't leave the coop much when the snow is actually falling. Shares a coop with 7 pullets and a rooster. She is laying every other day or so with no supplemental lighting. When I washed her feet, I noted a hole in one foot, and what looked like a scrape or some bleeding injury on one toe. There was a lot of blood before cleaning and she was very calm during it all. She even stood next to the pet carrier while I went around to the coop to get some bedding - never moved and then let me put her into the box. I covered it with a blanket to trap in heat, and when I went out an hour later, I noticed that the heat of the parked car engine (two car garage - I haven't parked my car in it since I started building the coop [​IMG] ) had warmed the garage up considerably.

    So that is what I know so far. Any input would be appreciated.
     
  2. jab91864

    jab91864 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    I find that if a wound scabs over it is usually safe to put them back with the flock. I just watch for a bit to make sure they aren't attacked. I have found that once blood is no longer present most wounds go unnoticed by the others.

    Sounds like she will be fine. I would worry she might get a lil cold in the garage without another body to huddle with, but other than that......

    Julie [​IMG]
     
  3. WeLoveTheChicks

    WeLoveTheChicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I wondered about the temp too. I am taking an oil radiator type space heater out there and that should keep her warm enough. I even worried that being away from the flock would be stressful but know that all I've read says to separate them. I think it did stress the others. They made an awful ruckus when I took her from the henhouse and out to the garage. Noises I'd never heard.
     
  4. WeLoveTheChicks

    WeLoveTheChicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Any speculation as to what brought it on? My mom-in-law wondered if it caught an exposed nail and thus had an injury to begin with. I don't really think so. The hole is on the top edge in the 'web of the thumb' area.
    The rooster has just begun to mount the girls - if that can contribute to anything. He is also WAY bigger than 5 of the 7 (Cochin rooster, 2 rsl, 1 bsl, 2 slw, 2 Brahma) so I wonder if they are just to close to the 'action'.

    Is that inappropriate? It is not intended to be. [​IMG]
     
  5. jab91864

    jab91864 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    It could be anything really that caused it. She could have landed wrong off of a perch, snagged on something, got poked by a talon....

    It sounds innocent enough so I don't think it was an on purpose attack by the flock...lol, they usually don't aim for the feet when they try to take each other out.

    I bet tomorrow or the day after she'll be ready to join the others.

    Julie [​IMG]
     
  6. WeLoveTheChicks

    WeLoveTheChicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Super! Thanks for your input. I will update as necessary.
     
  7. WeLoveTheChicks

    WeLoveTheChicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Today the injured bird looked fine, so I put her back in. As soon as the offending bird saw her, there was a peck to the head, then to the feet. I gathered up eggs and refilled food, and when I looked next, there was blood again. She's back in the garage, and I've set up a fenced kiddie pool for her. I would rather keep her than the other one. Yesterday, we initially thought several were bleeding because they all had blood on their heads. Bridget suggested the Brahma was alpha and had been pecking all others with her bloody beak.

    Not sure if I'm prepared to butcher a chicken - mentally or technically.
     

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