Piece of comb detached and dangling

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Soot the silkie, Jan 2, 2017.

  1. Soot the silkie

    Soot the silkie Chirping

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    This morning I found one of my hens had a weird thing dangling from her face, and when I investigated further, it turned out to be a big piece of her comb.
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    I've had a chicken lose a piece of her comb before, but that time it just came straight off instead of just being ripped. I tried to wash off the blood and dirt, but this hen wasn't very happy about that, and was intent upon eating the Neosporin I was attempting to put on her wound.
    It doesn't seem swollen or infected at all, and I'm just wondering whether it's going to heal and she'll have a little turkeyish bit of comb, or is it going to rot and fall off?
     

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging 7 Years

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    It happens frequently and I've never found it to be more of a problem than cosmetic.
    Do you have a rooster?
     
  3. Soot the silkie

    Soot the silkie Chirping

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    Okay that is what I thought. I do not have a rooster.
     
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

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    It will heal, probably without the separated part dying and falling off. However, her comb will never look the same again--the gap caused by the injury between the two parts of the comb won't close.

    I would just watch it and make sure it doesn't get infected (unlikely, but still important to watch out for).
     

  5. Soot the silkie

    Soot the silkie Chirping

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    Sounds good! Thanks!
     

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