My chicken's comb is missing!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by gmjandjmiller, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. gmjandjmiller

    gmjandjmiller Hatching

    Jan 13, 2009
    Southbury, CT
    Yesterday my son went out to the coop and saw one of our chickens was missing the top part of her comb. There was some blood on her head and beak.

    Do chickens attack each other? Any ideas what could have done this?

    We have eight chickens and they are almost 6 months old.

    Thank you!
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2009

  2. FrizzleFreak

    FrizzleFreak Songster

    Chickens doe sometimes attack each other, seemingly without reason, and will take it to the point where they kill the bird. Seperate her. Put antibiotics on the comb (not neosporin pain relief! normal neosporin is fine.). Then, if it the comb has stopped bleeding, put some blukote on it. It tastes bad to chickens.
    Also, sometimes, if there is wire fencing, and there is something they want to get to on the other side, they can damage their heads on the wire (think cheesecutter). Still, the other chickens may be fascinated by the blood and go cannibal, so still follow the above intructions.
    Good luck with your lady!
  3. dave_Cash69

    dave_Cash69 Songster

    Feb 15, 2009
    might be an outside predator also, and your chicken got away from it.

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