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Rooster bleeding from comb,what do I do?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rooaroo, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. rooaroo

    rooaroo Out Of The Brooder

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    I was gone all day yesterday into the dark so when I came home to put the chickens in they were all in the house. I opened my side nesting box to count them and make sure they were all in, I noticed some eggs to collect and took them into the house. When I did so there were blood splatters on the eggs, I knew someone had gotten hurt. This morning when I went out to let them into the run they came out running. My "popular" hen looked like more feathers were plucked from her back so maybe Sugar was getting too fresh with Lady and my other Rooster Miranda might have beat him up over it? Because he will be bossy but not mean towards Sugar if he feels he is getting out of line. Sugar is like a pre-teen hitting puberty and even though Miranda is his brother he acts much more mature (and rude to us). I also think maybe Sugar got his head stuck in the chicken wire fencing along their run? All I know is, his head has crusty blood on it around the under part of his comb, that is what made me think he got stuck through and pulled back and the wire went under and cut him (has this happened with others before?) OR Miranda was just being nasty. I have never seen Miranda attack, he has flogged my husband and my daughter a couple times, tried ONCE with me and got the big green plastic rake! I have Miranda in lock down in case he is the problem. I need to know how I can get Sugar to be still and let me tend to his wounds, see if I can tell what happened and clean his head. He is my nice guy, never ever done anything to me to cause me harm or try to show me he is boss. He actually tries to sit on my lap sometimes. BUT he is hurt and this morning he was acting dance happy when I tried to get close. I need advice on how to care for his wounds. We will be home all day today and I will be checking this over and over. Thank you for taking the time to read and reply....I love all my animals, even my dumb skinny little fish...makes me ill seeing my chicken hurt and feeling as helpless as I do.
     
  2. silkielover5

    silkielover5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    seperaate him! others will continue to peck him if hes bleeding. clean up his comb and let it heal. my rooster was almost killed by y other rooster blood was everywhere including his comb.
     
  3. MetalSmitten

    MetalSmitten Chillin' With My Peeps

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    separate him, at least for a little while, and put blu-kote on his injuries. he should be fine [​IMG]
     
  4. rooaroo

    rooaroo Out Of The Brooder

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    But how do I get him to be calm? Something I read once said put a towel or blanket over it's head and it will be still but I don't know if I believe that. I did separate them right away. Miranda is in "jail" but I am still not sure it was him. I hate that I do not know what happened yesterday! Thank you for your help!
     
  5. LizaBlue

    LizaBlue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    covering the head works pretty well, at least with my huge skittish turkey. my roo that was flighty I just stuffed in the bottom half of an old sweatpants leg that I had cut off and he let me carry him like a baby. I think it's that way with most creatures, stifle them and they have to stop and think instead of panic. I've heard in a few places that you can stop bleeding from minor scratches with just cornstarch or flour if you don't have styptic powder. when my roo had a bloody comb, I just blotted off the excess, watched him a while, and let him be - then got rid of 3 other roosters and 6 guineas over the next 2 months. no expert, but just cleaning up the excess, making sure it doesn't get infected, stops bleeding, seems pretty good to me. good luck with your babies [​IMG]
     

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