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Ingrown feather

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PaintedMeadows, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. PaintedMeadows

    PaintedMeadows Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My daughter's 13 week old Dark Brahma pullet has an ingrown feather on her foot. I'm sure it is a feather because I managed to get a little hole opened on one end and it is feather. My question is how should I get it out? Lance it? Pull it with a needle? How do I clean it? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. PaintedMeadows

    PaintedMeadows Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Um, anyone?[​IMG]
     
  3. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    Maybe if you post a pic someone can get a look at it?

    Krista
     
  4. PaintedMeadows

    PaintedMeadows Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK. I'll try to go out and get one now. Thanks.
     
  5. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    Open it from the back side, the direction the feather would be coming out normally. Using tweezers gently pull the feather either all the way out or just enough to get it out from under the skin to allow it to continue growing correctly. Charlotte had one and we had to completely remove it because the infection was so bad.
     
  6. s6bee

    s6bee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2007
    Western, NY
    Use some tweezers maybe, sterilize anything you use and keep the wound clean and apply neosporin. A long time someone had a similar problem but the feather was on the body. They pulled it out and just kept the area clean, should heal up fine. But keep an eye on them.
     
  7. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    I have had this happen to 2 of my hens under the belly and on the back. I just pull the feather out and they go on about there business. If need be you can put neosporin on it, I didn't have to.
     
  8. PaintedMeadows

    PaintedMeadows Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you everyone. I guess you don't need the pictures now eh. lol. I will do that for her right away. I don't think it is infected and the end is open already so should be easy to pull it out with hemostats I would think. Thanks again.
     
  9. PaintedMeadows

    PaintedMeadows Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK. So sterilized my hemostats, went out and pulled the feather out. It came out really easy and it was the whole feather. I was suprised at how big it was. It wasn't attached anymore and came out with dried yellow stuff all around it so I put some neosporin on the hole. There was no bleeding or anything but I will keep an eye on it. Thanks for the advice!
     

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