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Rooster is bleeding....help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MaineCkLvr, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. MaineCkLvr

    MaineCkLvr New Egg

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    Hi Everyone, I am having a bleeding issue with my rooster. Got up this morning to feed them and there was blood every where. I assume from him shaking his head. I have brought him in out of the cold but having a challenge cleaning the area. He doesn't like to be held. Am I reading the comments of others correctly, this is probably due to the cold and I simply need to clean the area, possibly put either blue kote or neosporin on it and the healing process will start? I live in Maine and right now the 1/2 insulated hen house has two heating lamps and is around 18 f. He started to get frostbite and this is the first signs of blood. Should I be worried about anything else?
     
  2. LRH97

    LRH97 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    I would clean it and put neosporin or blue kote on the wound (I've used both) and when you go out to the coop in the evenings (when he's done healing) put vaseline on his combs and wattles to help prevent frostbite. That's what I do with my Leghorns and roosters when it's below freezing. Another problem for me is that they get water on their combs when they drink, and that contributes to them getting frostbite as well.
     
  3. MaineCkLvr

    MaineCkLvr New Egg

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    Thank you. LRH97. I was pretty sure what to do but this is my first time owning chickens and I justed wanted to be sure I was dealing with this the right way. Did you notice a difference between the neosporin or blue kote? Do you have a preference with one over the other? I am thinking neosporin would work better but I'm thinking thats because I've used this vs. the blue kote.
     
  4. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    MaineCkLvr, how many roosters do you have.

    I ask because frost bite is usually caused or defined as the absence of blood circulation, not the reason for a mini hemorrhage.
     
  5. LRH97

    LRH97 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    If I had to pick, I would use neosporin because I think it's just less "messy". I really haven't seen any major differences.
     
  6. MaineCkLvr

    MaineCkLvr New Egg

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    I have one rooster. What could cause a hemorrhage like that? I took him into the cellar and warmed him up a little. Got a look at the area but it was really hard to tell. It looks like his comb ripped away from his head. I put neosporin on him and put him back in the hen house. I will continue to monitor him today. It doesn't look like the temps are going to get much above 30 till Sunday. His comb is black on the very tips with some turning white, which is why frostbite came to mind but you're right about the blood flow. I didn't think about that. Thank you for pointing that out. On a side note, I tried the Blue Kote, never again! My figures are all blue, lol. Neosporin was a lot easier to apply.
     
  7. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Sometimes they can bleed a ton from a blood feather on the leg. Does he have feathered legs?
     
  8. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    But I doubt that Neosporin will mask the color red of blood that makes chickens turn cannibalistic toward their coop mates, I've never used it on a chicken, just on my own scrapes and scratches. The "blood everywhere" remark sounded like a peck fight for dominance may have occurred. Your rooster definitely has frost bite.
     
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  9. MaineCkLvr

    MaineCkLvr New Egg

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    No feathers on his legs, I have 6 Rhode Island Reds
     
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