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Please HELP! My poor "Peanut" hen :(

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

  1. attached_mama

    attached_mama Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] My 6 year old came running in the house in hysterics.
    Peanut (his favorite hen) had her head stuck in the run fence, and the other chickens were pecking her, badly:hit

    I got the other hens off of her and got her unstuck. She has a LARGE (1/2 dollar or more) size circular HOLE on her backside, about 2 inches away from her vent. I soaked her in warm water and cleaned the blood off. I kept her wrapped in a towel, dried her and applied neopsorin.

    Right now, I have her in her own section of the coop- blocked off from the other hens. Can I keep her outside in her own coop area, or do I need to keep her in the house? I have a tractor supply I can go to first thing in the morning.

    I just read through some old posts- I will buy blueKote tomorrow- and I have a LOT of natural, local honey.
    What's your advice? How should I treat the wound? Can I keep her outside, or keep her in the house?

    WHY are chickens cannibals? I am so upset by what I saw. I (and my poor son) are both really really shaken up. [​IMG]
     
  2. HyLinda

    HyLinda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whatever you do, don't put her back with the other chickens until she is completely healed or they will continue to pick at her wounds. [​IMG]
     

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