My Jersey Black Hen has been butchered!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by coowella, Jan 31, 2008.

  1. coowella

    coowella Hatching

    Jan 31, 2008
    [​IMG] I came home today after work and went up to feed & water my 9 month old flock and found my Black Jersey Hen crouched by the heat lamp all by herself trying to keep warm and away from the seems because they had butchered her her back and under her wings looks like hamburger!!! I do not know what to do for her except I did bring her inside and give her water with vitamins and I will get some terramycin for her tommorow, but I do not know what else to do???
    Can anyone help!
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    First thing to do, is get that wound cleaned up. Rinse it with a saline solution. Then you might want to apply some antibiotic cream. I use neosporin. Keep her in a warm place, to help with any shock she might have. Keep her away from all the others, as they will only continue to pick at her wound.
    Then you need to figure why they might be picking....are they crowded? Have they been locked up more than usual due to weather? Maybe she had a wound from a rooster breeding, and they saw it, and just started picking??
    Keep us updated....oh, and welcome to the BYC. Great group here!
  3. cherndon712

    cherndon712 Songster

    Jan 1, 2008
    You might post under emergencies! They can help there!
  4. coowella

    coowella Hatching

    Jan 31, 2008
    To Justasnak
    Thank You for the info I hope I can get her better she is a mess!
    I almost can't look at her...
    The hens do have have some breeding damage... and for one thing I have too many roosters this is the first time I have had this happen, but I see I will have to get them seperated quickly. They also have been cooped up ...parden the pun....
    due to weather, I let them out when I can, is it true if I get dried corn cobs that that will help with the pecking?????
  5. cherndon712

    cherndon712 Songster

    Jan 1, 2008
    Giving them anything to peck besides each other is good! I've hear corn cobs, squash (spaghetti, acorn, butternut, etc) are fun for them too! I think lettuce...Check the Treats Chart first!! I think some kinds are bad for them! I really hope she gets better! Good thing she has a loving chicken-mom to care for her![​IMG] [​IMG]
  6. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    Are you sure your hens did this? It sounds like a predator attack.

    If it was your hens, in addition to treating as Justusnak said, you need to figure out who the main hen attacking is and separate her for a week. When she comes back in the flock, she will have lost her place in the peck order.
  7. karri25

    karri25 Songster

    Feb 5, 2007
    I am so sorry, I hope she gets better [​IMG]
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
  9. Churkenduse

    Churkenduse Songster

    Jan 1, 2008
    Miss Prissy

    Very slick of you. wow. Attention seeker I guess.
    right on girl! Poor thing :aww
  10. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    maybe she just forgot she had posted, or where.

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