My white leghorns is red. Help!

irlybird

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just went out to the coop and I have two white leghorns (15 hens in total... got them all in May).

One white leghorns has a slight red on her feathers as I assume she brushed up against her sister hen. (Top pic is off the ok leghorn). Other leghorn is got one side of the face crusty and fresh blood and it’s down her neck feathers. Other side of face doesn’t look like an open wound just blood from the other side has got her white coat red. Other two pics are of her.

What could have happened. I just put the two leghorns together on the coop and put the rest in the enclosed run. Nothing that I can see got into the coop but weasles etc could get through the fencing.

What should I do? We have a dog cage I could put in the house. Do I keep the leghorns together or the one that seems uninjured can stay with the flock?

I’m knew to these emergencies. She was drinking fine and walking fine. I’m guessing because she is white it looks a lot worse than it is.
 

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ChickNanny13

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Have you checked for injuries in her head area; comb/wattle?
Is the blood dried or is she still bleeding?

That last picture of the right side of her face looks like it's been injured. It should be washed with antiseptic or even saline, you can put Neosporin without the pain relief or even some Veterycin. Keep the area clean & I would separate her into the crate with food & water, in the coop. That was she remains in sight of the rest & remains part of the flock, not having intergration issues. Separating as you don't want the others picking at the wound & giving it time to heal.
 

irlybird

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@ChickNanny13 the comb looks like it was injured some and under they eye is oozing on the one side. It’s a mixture of dried and fresh blood.

We took her into our garage in a dog crate. Tomorrow we will put the crate in the coop with the rest but she will have to stay in the cage until healed right? Will one night out of the coop cause issues being when we put her back in tomorrow she will still be in the cage.

Do I bath her? Or just wipe it away best I can?
 

irlybird

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We had to leave to hockey game but on the way home will pick up Veterycin and clean her up. She seems totally fine. Trying to clean herself and drinking lots. We will do our best. Poor things wound under eye looks sore
 

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What causes the hens to do this?
If it was one of the other hens that did it, it could be over resources or the injured girl just didn't have enough room to get away from the aggressor (if that is how she was injured). How many chickens do you have and what is their set up like?
As @ChickNanny13 wrote, you need to get the wound cleaned up and disinfected then keep her in a large crate with plenty of water and food until she heals up a bit. I would also use a warm damp cloth to clean as much blood off of her feathers as you can.
If her comb was injured, they bleed a lot. Leghorns are tough little birds. If you get her cleaned up an isolated with enough time for the wound to scab over you can put a dot of Blukote on it and release her back into the flock.
 

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