Injuries and wounds


8 Years
Dec 29, 2011
I have 4 New England Reds, about 2 weeks ago I noticed one had 2 open wounds. One of the other chickens was pecking at the open sores. I separated her from the others, to allow her to heal. She is doing fine, still laying daily. My questions are, how long before she regrows her feathers? And when should I reintroduce her back to the group? And is this normal behavior?


8 Years
Nov 28, 2011
NE Alabama
Im not sure how long it will take for the feathers to grow back maybe someone else could tell you that. I would spray with blukote and give it a time for the sores to heal. It shouldnt take long the heal fast. I would keep it blukoted until they do. Chicken will keep pecking a scabs and then get really vicious when the blood starts. the Blukote will deter the pecking. I wouldnt take out any longer than I had to because she will be at the bottom of the pecking order and get picked on even more. I would keep her in with them but maybe in a cage so they can see her but not hurt her any more.


8 Years
Mar 14, 2011
I had one of my chickens attacked by a small dog. She had all of her tail feathers ripped out and some wounds as well. I sprayed all the wounds and the bare skin where the tail feathers used to be with a ton of blue kote and left her with all the other chickens. They didn't bother he at all. That was about 7 or 8 weeks ago. All her tail feathers are back and the wound healed! My opinion - as long as the blue kote can "hide" any red color of wounds - no need to segregate.

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