New Pullets ->->Came With Issues

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by dirtsaver, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. dirtsaver

    dirtsaver Chillin' With My Peeps

    567
    9
    133
    Mar 20, 2010
    Northern Kentucky
    We've been wanting some Wellsumer pullets for a while now. Yesterday I found some a couple of counties away and we made the drive to pick up the three Wellsumer pullets the guy had. Unfortunately He had been keeping all the young birds(roughly 5 months old) together in the barn...must have been 35 or so in one pen. The roos must have outnumbered the pullets or at least had too many roos for the number of pullets in there. Before he realized it the roos were really roughing up the girls. He'd pulled the girls out a few days ago and they seemed ok except for the physical beating they took. We have them in a temporary coop on the opposite side of the house from the other chickens(biosecurity you know!) Once we got them home we were amazed at the injuries they had suffered!

    Today Eva brought them in the house one at a time and gave them baths and cleaned their wounds. You can imagine the torn up necks and the backs of their heads and missing feathers! Quite a bit of scab tissue over the wounds and one of the girls has a big chunk of live(but healing,not raw) skin (maybe 1/4" diameter and sticking out 1/2" from her neck) that is torn loose and hanging off to one side complete with feathers just behind her ear. It's healing ok but we're afraid that in a month when we introduce them to the main flock the others will pick at it. It's still attatched by a good sized chunk of skin and we don't know if we should leave it be or try to cut it off. The other two have some pretty big scab areas on their necks but no hanging skin. Will feathers come back in these areas?

    On the bright side, all three of the girls are eating well,they seem to be settling into their new home and they don't seem real afraid of us. When Eva gave them the baths and treated the wounds they were calm and seemed to enjoy the bath and blow-dryer. One even fell asleep in her lap while she was drying her.

    Eva did use Hibiclens (antiseptic/antimicrobial skin cleanser) to clean the wounds and treated them with Betadine after the baths.

    So I guess I'm looking for the answers to these questions.

    #1 Should we try to cut the hanging flap of skin off or let it be?

    #2 Should we disturb the scabs beyond cleaning and trying to soften them up some(pretty big bumps under some of them)?

    #3 Will they always have bare spots in the damaged areas or will feathers eventually grow back?

    Thanks for any help!
    Larry
     
  2. tamelroy

    tamelroy Chillin' With My Peeps

    458
    0
    129
    Jan 19, 2009
    Mass
    #1 Should we try to cut the hanging flap of skin off or let it be?
    I would put Neo w/out pain reliever on it and past the skin back together, if she still has wounds use blue kote

    #2 Should we disturb the scabs beyond cleaning and trying to soften them up some(pretty big bumps under some of them)?
    I wouldn't unless they looked infected and once again if you put blue kote the other birds shouldn't peck at it.


    #3 Will they always have bare spots in the damaged areas or will feathers eventually grow back?They should grow back, but sometimes it doesn't happen until they molt


    I hope this helps, someone might have some better answers but at least to get you started.
     
  3. adbayer

    adbayer Out Of The Brooder

    82
    0
    39
    Jun 6, 2010
    hmm, im not sure on what you should do... but i would def get some bluekote (tractor supply, $6) and keep everything red covered. chickens see blood/red/ they peck peck peck peck peck. when i introduce a new chicken to the flock, i watch closely, check several times a day, and if i see a raw featherless spot i make sure to bluekote it and they leave that area alone pretty decently.
    i hope your girls heal quickly! good luck!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by