I feel like I am running a chicken infirmary here... I already have one hen inside because she broke of the entire of her upper beak, and I took her out to 'visit' with her friends and saw my poor bantum rooster completely bloody all over his entire comb, chunks, and blood dripping down his neck and into his eyes... (His eyes are fine - all the blood seems to be only coming from the comb). It was -5 last night and in the coop got down to 30 with two heat lamps directly on the flock. Tonight is supposed to be colder. Which brings me to my problem of separating him.... I can't sacrafice a heat lamp just for him. I think they need both, but he crows about every 20 seconds and keeping him in the house is gonna drive me CRAZY~ it's only been 20 minutes and I've already about decided to make chicken soup. NOT REALLY - I COULD NEVER DO THAT!!!! Okay, so: I washed it with warm water, patted it dry to try and remove any major clumps and clots, and SLATHERED it in bag balm. I haven't found any pictures on line but the closest story I found on BYC the rooster died the next morning... Several people in that thread said they dubb their roosters combs. Since he's already injured and in pain I fell like maybe this could be an option because there would actually be less to heal and discourage pecking while it heals.... Would this further the risk for infection? Also -I am really pretty good about blood and gore, but ugh, I can just imagine what this involves. Is this something I could do myself at home? Does it have to be cautterized? ewww, but I will do anything for my birds. At least Sparkles will have a friend in the chicken hospital, and she can't very well peck at his comb.... Perfect pair... Geez. I can feed them doctored food together I guess... add some powdered antibiotics or something???? The goo is the bag balm and that is just blood on the roof of the carrier - I will move him in a few minutes to something taller.