Polish chicken's head is a little bloody. What to do? (Pics)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sally4500, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. sally4500

    sally4500 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello everyone,
    I came home from work tonight to find poor little Tina's head a bloody mess. I am assuming she was pecked, as the middle feathers are missing.

    I cleaned it up and put bag balm on it. They have not been bothering her since it has been clean.

    Should I cut off all the feathers, or is that just going to invite the hens to peck her again?? Is there something else I could do for her??

    Thanks.
     
  2. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
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    Is that a hole in her head?
    I would separate her from the others.
     
  3. sally4500

    sally4500 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, it isn't a hole, just bare skin where the feathers are missing. I did stay for a half hour to watch them when I brought her back to the coop, and noone seemed to care that she was there. I plan on checking later tonight, Iam sure they are asleep now.
     
  4. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
    Mississippi
    If they are all getting along now and there is no blood she should be ok. You said you but bag balm on it. That or an antibiotic ointment or Vaseline should deter the pecking, keep infection out, and allow the spot to heal. I have noticed with my chickens that the skin seems to heal fairly fast. I would not worry about cutting the rest of the feathers. I'm sure she might like a treat though. [​IMG]
    Just keep an eye on her. [​IMG]
     
  5. sally4500

    sally4500 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the suggestions. And yes, she did get a treat! [​IMG]
     
  6. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
    Mississippi
    [​IMG] Treats have always seemed to increase healing and survival of my injured chickens. Hope she gets better.
     

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