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Injured Bantam

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by irret13, Jun 18, 2018.

  1. irret13

    irret13 In the Brooder

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    Came home to find that my little Bantam Frizzle hen's back and tail had been plucked bare. Her tail and a few other spot are bleeding so I sprayed the areas with wound spray. I put her in a wire dog crate (with food and water) inside the coop. She is very upset at being confined. She did eat some food so I think she's okay. Any words of wisdom? Should I put a vest on her while her feathers are growing back? She didn't have a lot of feathers to begin with. Poor little Raggedy Ann.
     
  2. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging 8 Years

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    Was this little gal out free-ranging? Two years ago, I had a hawk strafe a young pullet, liberating every single back feather she owned. Not a scratch on her bare back, though. I know it was a hawk because I was about five feet away when it happened.

    Curiously, it took her a year and a half to grow the feathers back. I never bothered with any saddle or even any Blu-kote to disguise the bare pink flesh. But you might want to do that to discourage picking when the blood rich pin feathers emerge.
     
  3. irret13

    irret13 In the Brooder

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    She was in the chicken run (8 x 12) which is fenced and has a roof so it had to be the other chickens. They are all about 11 weeks old but she is the smallest. I want to let them out to free range but I was waiting another few weeks. I think I will try it this weekend when I can check on them easier. I have hawks around and those huge black ravens/crows.

    She escaped out of the dog crate twice so I brought her in the laundry room and put her in the big plastic tub with a screened lid I had them in when they were chicks. She seems fine. Clucking and eating. She stopped bleeding. I'm trying to figure out an apron/saddle to put on her so I can put her back outside.

    I hope the hawks I have are not as bold as the one who attacked your poor girl.
     

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