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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mare6567, Oct 9, 2015.
Hi everyone. I have had chickens for 2 years and love them! I have lots of questions though
Welcome to Back Yard Chickens !
I'm sure you'll find answers to all your questions! Glad you joined!
If you give us an idea of what your questions are, maybe we can answer them or direct you to the appropriate forum.
Glad you are enjoying your flock!
About 2 weeks ago something (raccoon) got in my coop.i lost 4 hens and one was badly hurt. She is finally healing and feeling better but i cannot let any of the other girls near her or they attack her. Not sure what to do. Feel terrible for her
Just keep her separated from the others until she heals.
x2 on Steven29128's comment. Keep the injured one in her own space (even a dog crate will work) until she heals. Once she is well, you may need to go through a re-integration period so they all get to know each other again.
Chickens will go after an injured bird, especially if there is any blood present. It's just their nature. Because of that, chickens are masters at covering up serious illnesses and injuries...it's a self-protective measure on their part.
If you need help with how to specifically treat your girl's injuries, you can post over on this forum:
Hope she's back to her old self soon.
Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!
She had her whole comb ripped off and an eye injury. How do i know when it is safe to re introduce her to the rest of thd flock?
When her wound is closed over and no blood or redness showing. You will have to re-integrate her to the flock, as chicken memories are not very good. Chickens have strong healing abilities if given the chance. You might also ask for advice on the predator section, about keeping raccoons away. They are horrendous predators as you can see. They got lucky with your birds and will keep coming back until you kill them or you run out of meals for them.