Mean ol' chickens....

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Mrs Doolittle, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. Mrs Doolittle

    Mrs Doolittle Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 7 eight week old chickens. They all ganged up on my Turken and plucked her tail feathers. The area is fairly bloody. I removed her and separated her. Is there anything else I need to do?
     
  2. Mrs Doolittle

    Mrs Doolittle Out Of The Brooder

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    I also cleaned the area and put triple antibiotic ointment on it.
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Just keep an eye on the picked one, remove aggressors if they can be identified, and if possible, provide structure where they can get away from each other. At 7 weeks, if it's not freezing out... time to toss them in the coop to give them the most space possible, if they aren't already out there.

    It happens, no worries.
     
  4. Mrs Doolittle

    Mrs Doolittle Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah, I'm pretty sure it was because of being crowded. They were in a 50 gallon tote, but yesterday I made a makeshift coop until ours gets here on Thursday. They're going in it immediately.
     
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    8 weeks old in a 50 gallon tote would do it, good luck!
     
  6. Mrs Doolittle

    Mrs Doolittle Out Of The Brooder

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    How long should I keep her separated?
     
  7. Mrs Doolittle

    Mrs Doolittle Out Of The Brooder

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    Bump
     
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Just till the blood is gone or feathers cover up the damage. A few weeks would be all it takes for a young bird. But, if you get them into a large enough space now, you could put them together in a few days. Just keep an eye out for more picking. If it happens, you might have to separate till full recovery.

    Oh, and try not to bump your posts within a day or so as per "no bumping" rules. [​IMG]
     

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