my black australorp chick/pullet/chicken (8-10 weeks old) just got the hell pecked out of her by my 3 older hens. She's missing a layer of skin on the top of her head about the size of your fingernail. She's doing OK at the moment, but I don't know when they pecked her, if she's lost too much blood, etc. I poured some peroxide on it initially because I didn't know what to do, then rinsed that off after a few minutes. Do you think there is hope for the little thing? I can't afford to take her to the vet. I remember when my old cat Mr. Orange got in a fight and had an abscess (I think thats what they called it), he was missing a LOT of skin, as he'd debrided it really well himself- they got me to use betadyne on it for a day or two and then this powder, which I can't remember the name of but which supposedly helped support the tissue as it grew back (maybe had sugars in it or something?) Can you let me know what you think? i have her in the bathroom at the moment but will be setting up a space for her in the basement. i've offered water, and she had a drink. i'll put food out as well. is it helpful to make a light available as a source of heat to help with shock? would clean wood shavings be OK for bedding?
i'm so sick over this- we lost one of her mates last week to my parents dog, then 5 more to a racoon- just this one and my 3 older hens survived the racoon attach, not sure how. so i've been locking them up at night. they've been together for about a week now with no pecking issues- the big hens will sometimes run her off the food but welcomed her on the roost at night- but that was when i was leaving the pop door open and they could just come and go as they pleased. i've been locking them up at night now because of the raccoon, and so the poor little girl had nowhere to run. i hope she makes it. any advice is appreciated.