Hospital Chickens - how do you house them?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by amysflock, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. amysflock

    amysflock Songster

    May 8, 2008
    Tenino, WA
    Last night I discovered one of my black australorps bloody and with skin missing off her backside. I can only presume the other 8 hens played a part in the injury, as there's no evidence anything got into the coop, and these girls don't free range. There were 9 hens in a 48 sq ft coop with attached 81 sq ft outdoor run, fully secured.

    I cleaned her up and sprayed Blu-Kote on the injury, and placed her in a dog crate with fresh pine shavings and water. She's in a darkened bathroom in the house.

    I know I can't rightly put her in with any other chickens until she's at least starting to heal (preferrably healed all the way), but I have no other place to put her currently other than in a dog crate.

    My question is, where do you put your sick/injured chickens when you have to separate them from the flock, and how long do you keep them there?

    (For the record, two of my Easter Egger hens are in a separate smaller coop (32 sq feet) with attached 81 sq foot run, and I think I'll probably have to put this injured girl in with the Easter Eggers when she's all healed up. I don't want to put her in there now with her injured backside.)

    (edited to correct coop dimensions)
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2008
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    We have a quarantine pen which is inside my outbuilding - an old dog kennel (3x9 ft) with shavings over a concrete floor.

    If the chicken were REALLY bad off, I'd use a dog crate in the house.
  3. dustbath

    dustbath Songster

    Jun 26, 2008
    Washington County, NY
    I use a dog crate (for a mid to large dog) inside the coop. I kept one hen there for over a week and have never been able to reintegrate her with the others (they fight to cause real injury). How do you avoid this problem with a hospitalized hen?

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