Rooster with missing feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by airmom1c05, Feb 3, 2008.

  1. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everyone. I'm new to this forum and relatively new with chickens. Before introducing you to my four feathered friends, I want to tell you what's going on with Pocket, my 2 yr. old recently acquired Silky Serama Bantam rooster. I noticed Thursday a small almost bald spot just above his breast on his neck. Upon closer examination, there were quill stubs - about 8 - and I don't know if my mixed hen broke them or if he pulled them off or if his 1 yr. old matching mate pulled them off. Anyway, Friday the area was really an angry red and I noticed his mate, Penny kept making it worse by pecking him there every chance she got. By 11 A.M. she was drawing blood. I isolated him from the other three birds in a separate pen and came inside to Google "peck wounds on chickens". What I read scared me to death. The best I could do quickly was pour hydrogen peroxide on the area and apply triple antibiotic ointment. I read that he should be kept isolated and calm. Since I had only had him for 9 days, I didn't want to carry him to the vet, so I went by myself. The vet gave me 7 antibiotic syringes and told me to give him a shot in the breast muscle each day for 7 days. That has been going better than I thought. He is a very sweet rooster. He looks much better. I clean and medicate the area each day, too. He still has all those little stubs where whole feathers used to be. I counted 12 today. Will they grow back? How long will that take? Should I keep him separated from the others until they are all grown back? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    Alaska
    I'm so sorry you haven't gotten a reply. I just saw this. You did the right thing by separating him and I would continue until he is much better. You might try Blucote (sp?) spray on his breast. That might help the others not peck him when he goes back in with them. Maybe someone else will come along with other advice.
     
  3. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Hi I see you are new to the BYC. Welcome to our world!

    I had to separate my rooster to work on frostbite on his feet and when I put him back with the hens they pecked his back until it was bleeding. I didn't know what else to do, so I used duct tape to make an emergency saddle for him and so far it is working.

    Here is the thread:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=31291
     
  4. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the replies! I had read about the duct tape saddle on this site. I may try that on his little neck. It is so sad to have him separated from his little mate. The only good thing about that is that she isn't pecking on the little baby Americauna pullet anymore. I guess she figured since the pullet is her size (we're talking Silky Serama Bantam size) she needed to befriend her so Brandy, my mixed hen might leave them alone. Penny, the Serama Bantam is so used to having Pocket rooster defend her. Brandy respects that little rooster! He's the only one she won't challenge so far. Dahlia, the baby Americauna wasn't introduced to Pocket and Penny until the day the three of them were shipped to me! Poor Dahlia! She's going to outgrow them all one day, and I think that will be poetic justice! LOL! She's a pretty brave little one and much faster than the others. I have enjoyed watching her dart about and turn over things when Brandy gets near. The older birds just sort of freeze up and wait to see where she lands! She is determined to stay pretty close to the two bantams. Thank goodness they don't peck her very hard. Usually they only do that when she gets too close while they're eating. Brandy acts jealous of all of them, like she thinks they will get something to eat and she'll miss out. She was a very happy and spoiled only bird for 9 weeks or so. Sometimes I think she's a little afraid of the other little birds. Who knows what goes on in those little chicken brains!?!
     
  5. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens

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    Be careful with duct tape; I don't know about chickens but I read someone used it in emergency first aid on themselves, and after a while it caused a skin reaction worse than the original injury.
     
  6. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Quote:Thanks, I wouldn't have done the duct tape saddle except that they would have killed him if I hadn't. If I separated him again for the pecking they just would have done it again on reintroduction. Thanks for the advice though- I've been keeping a close watch on him.
     

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