injured chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by cricket92283, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. cricket92283

    cricket92283 Hatching

    Dec 22, 2013
    ~~today noticed that one of my chickens was pecking the throat of another chicken. .I looked closer and saw that the one chicken had picked all the feathers from the neck of the other chicken and it was bleeding . it had also done the same but not as bad to another one .I saw her doing it . I took them out of the coop and put them in separate cages so the injured ones can heal and the other one don't harm anymore . but i don't know if the one is just mean or if they have mites that she was pecking at . all the chickens seem to be scratching and picking at themselves a lot . what should I do about all of this ?

  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member 7 Years

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    Give them all a good looking at. Blow or pull back the feathers gently and look at the skin, especially around the back of the neck and vent area. The skin should not be red, inflamed or irritated. You may even see bug eggs right around the vent. If you do suspect bugs, you can dust them with DE, Sevin or spray the birds with permethrin spray. Make sure to get it right onto the skin. If they do have bugs, you will need to clean out your nest boxes and either dust or spray with permethrin spray on and under the roost bar as that is where bugs like to hide and lay their eggs. Clean out all your bedding and dust the floors and everywhere. Repeat the coop clean in a month, respray the roost bar in a week. Retreat the birds every 3 to 5 days.

    If this is just an aggressive thing, you will need to separate the one causing the trouble. You may even need to use pinless peepers on the aggressive bird. For now, spray the wounded one with Blu-kote. This will help prevent infection and will hide the wound so the others don't bother it either.

    Make sure your birds have enough room as chickens turn cannibalistic on each other when cramped. Give them things to do if they can't free range, such as hanging cabbages or veggies, seed pecking blocks or a flake of hay.

    Good luck with your birds and enjoy BYC!
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!

  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    2 Crows has you covered.
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  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging 7 Years

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Good advice from Twocrows

  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  8. Welcome to BYC from Riverside California. [​IMG]

  9. chickie farmer

    chickie farmer Chirping

    Feb 27, 2013
    I can't say any more than Two Crows had already stated.

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