Injured Hens - not sure what to do?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by masschix, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. masschix

    masschix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2008
    Central Massachusetts
    I have 6 EE's and 5 other hens (and 1 roo). Apparently the 2 Golden Comets and 2 RR's have been pecking at the EE's and 2 of them are looking pretty bad. One of them has a quarter sized open wound on her side, close to her rear. Anyhow, I cleaned it with clean warm water and then smeared an antibiotic cream. We just went out to look at her again and it's oozing. What else can we do? We were considering putting the dog crate in the coop to isolate her at night. They do get to free range for about 8 hours every day and the injuries seem to have been done while they were in the run for the last couple of hours during the day.

    NEED SOME ADVICE!!!!!!! I hate to see them in any pain.
  2. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    Isolate Isolate Isolate! Keep them away from her till she heals!
  3. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2008
    How long are the spurs on the rooster?
  4. masschix

    masschix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2008
    Central Massachusetts
    ISOLATE? But how? I have a small pen right next to the run where the rest of the birds are...should I keep her in there so that she can still have the company? Then put her in the dog crate for the night? Suggestions please!!!

    How long are the spurs on the rooster?

    The rooster has very large spurs, but he injuries are definately not from can see that he has mounted several of the girls and they are also missing feathers, but no to this extreme with the open wounds.​
  5. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    I would definately put her in the other pen, untill she heals. In this pen, is there a coop or shelter for her to get into? Is there another hen you might be able to put in there with her!? Sounds like you may need to get some blue kote...anti pick...something to cover the " red"
  6. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    The dog crate in the coop at night is a good idea so they can't peck her wound when the morning comes. Get yourself some chicken wire and make a pen within the run for her or outside the run for that matter. Those chickens will eat her alive if given the chance. That's just the way they are, unfortunately.

    ETA: Just reread your post. Yes, put her in the pen next to the run during the day and the crate at bedtime. Best of luck to your girl.
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2008
  7. ole-crone

    ole-crone Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oozing isn't always bad. Sometimes it's just plasma and such trying to form a scab.

    Follow the advice from the others about keeping her away from the others. Most of the time, once the wound scabs over, the others won't bother her as much.

    Sometimes adding some greens to their diet helps calm down the pecking. Get them some cabbage or something similar and hang it in the coop.

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