My poor girl!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LilBizzy, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. LilBizzy

    LilBizzy Chicken Storyteller

    May 20, 2008
    I let the "big girls" out yesterday, and as usual, one of the little ones had escaped and was running free also. When I went to do headcount, I found the little one had shacked up with the big girls instead of returning to her own coop. No big deal- this has happened before. But in the morning, DH let them out, and I forgot about the "extra".
    I brought out their oatmeal, and before letting her out, I went to see if she had laid her egg yet. There was blood on several eggs, and all over the nesting box. There was a trail out the pop door. I looked and saw my poor little girl with blood running down her face. I went to get DH to help, and we got her inside. Yuk, I hate blood. No, I REALLY hate blood. So , I wiped her down best as I can. Blood is extremely hard to get off feathers. The blood was coming from where the comb meets the back of her head. I got the bleeding to stop, and she wanted down.
    I put her outside and proceeded to make her her very own bowl of oatmeal. She didn't want it- poor thing just wanted to get into her coop to lay her egg .
    I kept an eye on her all day. No one picked on her. I was concerned the rooster might break open the wound when he attempted to "love" her. Either he didnt break it open, or she resisted his advances.
    Pecking order is awful! I can't believe the big ones drew such blood, when they have been housed next to each other, and have free ranged together for many months.
  2. shareneh

    shareneh Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 2, 2008
    North Dakota
    Geez, I feel bad for her and for you. It's always hard when the animals hurt one another and there really isn't anything we can do. Just have to let time take care of it for her. She will find her way. They usually do. Chin up both of you. [​IMG]
  3. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    [​IMG] I'm sooo sorry. Your poor little hen! Bless her heart!
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Silly birds... I had a bantie silkie decide he wanted to try a night in the big bird coop. Well, he neglected to remember that a 10+ lb rooster ruled the big bird coop.

    Looks like she got her comb caught somewhere and probably hurt it pulling her head back out. It should heal up just fine.
  5. ruby

    ruby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2008
    Gold Hill, Alabama
    I have used golden seal and echinacea powder. I have made this mixture on my own. It seems to cover the wounds and keep flies off. It's my theory that it taste bad and that's why the other chickens stop the pecking. I don't know if chickens taste stuff, I'll look it up later. But I have had great success with this mix.

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