Re-Introducing Injured pullet

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sunshine23, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. sunshine23

    sunshine23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought my SLW had been killed by my next door dog last Sunday since I found her feathers outside and was too heartbroken to keep looking for her, well today my hubby was tending to his pigeons and a kid came asking if we had lost a chicken because there was one close by hiding in some bamboo trees, my husband said yes and he showed him where my Lia was.

    Hubby went there and brought her home, she's injured on her back (looks like a big dog bite) and is missing her tail, she was very hungry and thirsty. I cleaned her wounds and put some antibiotic cream.

    My other 5 girls gave her a hard time eventhough it's been only 6 days, so I kept an eye on them for a while and didn't let them hurt her even more. I thought of putting her in a separate cage to sleep but she climbed up together with them and they left her alone, I checked a few times tonight and they seem fine with her now.

    My question is: Will they go back to pecking her in the morning or will they finally accept her after spending the night together?

    QUESTION: She's pooping really really small amounts, is this normal??

    This is how she was found [​IMG] but I'm very thankful she's alive

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  2. TinkleTurkey

    TinkleTurkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It has been my experience that chickens will peck at anything that seems out of place, so if her scabs are visible you ought to keep her seperate until her feathers grow to cover it.

    Glad she survived her ordeal, though! Lucky girl.
     
  3. DrinkTheRainbow

    DrinkTheRainbow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would definitely keep her away, any time they see blood or something like blood she's going to get picked on really bad.
     
  4. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Poor sweetie!! I'm so glad she survived!

    I agree, I'd separate her until she's healed. You can dress her wound, and keep it clean better. Maybe she can be your nice house chicken for a while? [​IMG]
     
  5. sunshine23

    sunshine23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the replies, you were right, they were attacking her when I checked on her a little while ago and they made her wounds worst.

    I noticed she's not pooping normal, her poop is really small...is this normal after a week of barely eating out there I'm sure?
     
  6. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:I'm sure. Nothing in, nothing out.

    After she heals up, you might want to get a bit inventive about putting her back. If you just put her in there by herself, she will be at the bottom of the pecking order. You could choose one submissive or gentle or friendly hen and put her with the injured one for a day or two. You could pick out the pack leader and isolate her for a few days while you return the injured one to the flock. Besides putting her on the roost at night, some people also have success with having everybody busy with a treat they have to chase or that takes time to finish when they re-introduce a hen. Just shake up the pecking order.
     
  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    I had a very similar situaton a couple months ago and wounds were more severe. Bird could not walk for a week. While on mend, she stayed with a relatively damaged game rooster. Once she could walk, she rejoined flock at bottom of pecking order. She required aide to reach roost but otherwise in free range setting she was not bothered by flockmates.
     
  8. verlaj

    verlaj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree with this - I have had great success reintroducing a hen I've had separated for illness when I have TWO of them out of the flock instead of just one. I usually will take an extra one out just for that reason, even if she could stay with the flock. However, I would wait until that wound is looking pretty healed, spray with Blue Kote, and even add a hen saddle that covers the area if possible. I have found that helps a lot when somebody has been pecked.

    I usually release mine that have been separated when the others are other free-ranging - and preoccupied with looking for food. I like ddawn's idea of giving them a treat that takes a while to consume to preoccupy them!
     
  9. sunshine23

    sunshine23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'm sure. Nothing in, nothing out.

    After she heals up, you might want to get a bit inventive about putting her back. If you just put her in there by herself, she will be at the bottom of the pecking order. You could choose one submissive or gentle or friendly hen and put her with the injured one for a day or two. You could pick out the pack leader and isolate her for a few days while you return the injured one to the flock. Besides putting her on the roost at night, some people also have success with having everybody busy with a treat they have to chase or that takes time to finish when they re-introduce a hen. Just shake up the pecking order.

    Thank you, I appreciate your reply, I will try doing that once she's healed [​IMG]
     

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