(Injury) To dub or not to dub? no pics, but graphic

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by nekomi, Dec 24, 2009.

  1. nekomi

    nekomi In the Brooder

    Oct 24, 2008
    Hi everyone,

    I have an adult White Leghorn hen who was injured this morning. I'm not sure what happened, but when I went out to feed the flock this morning and tidy up the coop, I found one of my White Leghorn hens with her neck and chest covered in blood! I scooped her up and carried her inside, and gave her a quick warm shower to wash off most of the blood, so I could see the wound. Turns out that she tore one of her wattles. Instead of a piece getting sliced off, though, it's more like a width-ways cut - i.e., the wattle was sliced/split so that a big flap was shaved off and was hanging there. She has a large wound which is the size of the flap - about 1/3 of her wattle has an open wound.

    Anyway, I cleaned that up with a Betadine/water solution and then applied Blood Stop powder. My hubby and I clipped off the dangling flap and then repeated the Betadine and Blood Stop. My question is, should I consider dubbing the entire wattle? I'm keeping her clean and quiet in a crate in my bathroom, but I'm afraid the wound might become infected. It is OK to wait and see how she heals before considering dubbing, or is it safer to go ahead now? This is my first year keeping chickens and I don't know how fast/well they typically heal from things like this. I'm not fond of dubbing, and would rather not, but if it will help her heal faster/more completely I would definitely do it.

    Any advice? Thanks...
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2009

  2. Miss Sebright

    Miss Sebright Little Hen.....Big Attitude!

    Apr 3, 2009
    In a nutshell
    I can't help but I'd like to know.

    NYREDS Crowing

    Jan 14, 2008
    She should be fine with what you did. Infection is unlikely & she really doesn't need to be kept in a crate. put her back with the flock & she'll be fine.
    When I dub game males I don't do anything other than blood stop powder. They immediately get turned loose & I've never had a problem.

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