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Hurt hen...what should I do?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by charmed one, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. charmed one

    charmed one Show Me State Gal

    I have a RIR hen that has been pecked in the back of the neck by the other hens. I don't think they are being specifically mean to her. It seems when she is in front of one of them and bends over, they see the white and naturally peck. She has a big bare spot all along the back of her neck. I have no roosters. She is not sick and is eating and drinking normally. Is there anything I can put on the back of her neck to make them leave her alone? Do I need to seperate her from the others? What should I do?[​IMG]
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Is there a way to seperate her from them physically...but so they can still see each other?? For a few weeks or so!?? You might need to get some Blue Kote..and spray that on her bare spot. This will minimise the pecking. I hope she heals well...and fast!
  3. charmed one

    charmed one Show Me State Gal

    Thanks for the advice Deb...I might be able to put her in a big cage inside the chicken house. I'll have to see what I have. Maybe fence a corner of the chicken house for her? Sorry...I'm thinking and typing at the same time. Blue Kote? Is this something I can get at the feed store? Is this an antibiotic? For chickens only? Thanks for the help.[​IMG]
  4. PeeperKeeper

    PeeperKeeper Songster

    How's your hen? If you can't get the Bluekote spray and there is no open wound yet...take a blck marker and color her bare spot. Chickens will peck at red spots and sometimes just anything that looks different on another chicken.
  5. charmed one

    charmed one Show Me State Gal

    Thanks Peeperkeeper..That's a great idea! She is doing the same. No better no worse. I would've never thought of a black marker.

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