Injured Hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by carolcu, Dec 20, 2014.

  1. carolcu

    carolcu Out Of The Brooder

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    Help..went out to my coop and found one of my barred rocks with a wound on its side the size of a softball and all bloody. I guess some of the chickens were pecking her. I immediately separated her and put her in one of my larger quail cages I had. I really didn't know what to doctor her with but I had some Providone Iodine in a spray bottle that does not burn that I decided to use on her. Afterwards I put a large gauze pad over the wound and wrapped tape around and around her body. I left her in a nest box and she was sorta leaning against the side. I really wasn't sure she would make it through the night. To my surprise she was up and at the other end of the pen where her water and feed were and seemed to be more alert this morning.

    Is there anything else I can put on her injury? Would antibiotic ointment be good or do I need to remove the bandages and let it air out. I know nothing about doctoring chickens. I will say, that a lot of my hens are molting and losing feathers around their vent area. Can someone tell me what is Blue Kote and Rooster Booster? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Fly Right

    Fly Right Out Of The Brooder

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    Antibiotic ointment is good to use but make sure it doesn't have any pain relief medicine in it, like neosporin BUT NOT neosporin plus. Softball size wound sounds pretty large so it really needs to be kept clean. Sounds like something that large probably does need to be covered up but it's your choice. Blue kote is good to keep chickens from pecking each other but it will stain everything. Hope this helps and I also wanted to bump this so other more experienced chicken people might respond. Just make sure she keeps drinking and eating. That's the best sign she is getting better. Never hurts to give them extra protein while they are molting too. Just keep the wound clean and hopefully she will be fine. Good luck.
     
  3. myfinefeatheredfriends

    myfinefeatheredfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Blue Kote, as it's name suggests, is a blue liquid that is used as wound dressing. It helps the wound to heal by providing a protective barrier. I used almost every time one of the flock members gets injured. I highly recommend it. You need to reapply it everyday to make sure it stays on because, just like a liquid bandage, it gradually rubs off with friction and wetness. You can buy some Blood Stop powder to try to stop the bleeding, if it hasn't already, or simply hold a towel against the wound until it stops, then apply the Blue Kote. Keep her isolated from the flock while she's healing and... as a fair warning... Blue Kote is messy and will stain your clothes so it is best to use gloves when applying it or when handling the bird. Hope she feels better soon!
     
  4. myfinefeatheredfriends

    myfinefeatheredfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh and while she is separated don't wrap it with ointment or Blue Kote on to prevent it from being rubbed off. Good luck!
     

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