leg Band Woes

The Kibble Goddess

13 Years
May 24, 2009
Sylvania, Ga
Yesterday Hubs commented that one of my hens skips instead of running. So I started watching who was doing what. I saw the skipping, but she seemed fine; i just thought, "More chicken weirdness." Then I found the same hen roosting in the nest box instead of on the roost. Went to move her to the roost and noticed that her leg band had gotten too tight and her foot was swollen. Tucked her under my arm and removed the band. It's one of those spiral bandettes. I somehow sliced her leg removing the band. Couldn't staunch the bleeding so i took her in the house for some better first aid. Pressure didn't help, but copious amounts of quick-stop worked. I put on a gauze bandage covered with vet wrap and she got to stay in the house overnight. She's back in the coop, but she's spent all day sitting outside in the rain. I'm sure the bandage is soaked. I'll re-do it tomorrow, but i'm worried it's going to get infected staying wet so long. If it does, what would be better, an injectable antibiotic or a topical one?


Premium Feather Member
12 Years
Dec 11, 2009
Colorado Rockies
One of the best antibacterial sprays for chickens is Vetericyn. I generally clean the wound, then spray Vetericyn, then apply some Polysporin or triple antibiotic ointment and bandage.


Chicken Juggler!
Premium Feather Member
10 Years
Nov 27, 2012
SW Michigan
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No need for an injectable antibiotic at this point.
Might be a good idea to isolate her in the coop for a day or two, to keep it dry.
I used a wire dog crate in the coop for an injured leg.
Like any other wound, just keep an eye on it.
Apply topical antibiotic ointment(nothing with pain relief -'caine' suffix) each day.
As long as the wound is not bleeding or being pecked at, its best to leave it open to the air.

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