- Dec 15, 2015
My wife and sons and I are new to raising chickens. I built a nice coop and run and four days ago we got 8 one and a half year old hens. A white leghorn, two RIR's and 5 Red sex links to get eggs from. Tonight when I went out to check on them and close the coop for the night I noticed one of the RIRs had what appears to be an injury on her right wing. A small, less than dime size area with a couple feathers missing and dry blood. 2 or 3 of the surrounding feathers looked damaged and had blood in the end of the shaft in the follicle. Not knowing exactly what to do I went on instinct, caught her checked to see if any broken feather shafts were still in the skin, plucked the damaged feathers and let her go. I dont know if this is a pecking injury or if she may hav been injured when we caught and transported her. It has been many years since I had chickens when I helped my grandfather as a boy. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I wish I had gotten pictures of it but i did not have my phone on me.