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Severely pecked 18 weeker....

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by scrapmom5, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. scrapmom5

    scrapmom5 Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    She was found today trying to hide from the 25 weekers. The bump on the tip of the tail is really bad. She has no feathers left and a very raw spot the size of the half dollar. When I picked her up she cuddled right into me. I offered her food and she quickly ate it up and drank quite well. I have cleaned the wound, put polysporin on it and put her in a cage in the hen house. I have also put her on preventative antibiotics to ward of infection.

    Have I done the right thing? I have done a search and have gotten contradictory advise. I want our little Dot (barred rock) to do well.

    I was planning on reintroducing her to the flock when she has completely healed...how do I go about doing this??? I don't want a repeat. She is part of a flock that I have just introduced to the older girls. One group is 9 hens the other is 10 hens and they have been together for 1 week. The younger hens never leave the hen house and when they do go into the run is when we have the pecking issue. Dot was found in the run trying to hide in a corner. Should I just take the 9 younger ones back out and wait a little while longer? What can I do to help them play nice? My BO and Polish are the bullies in this situation and I am not sure what to do with them.

    I hope someone can help.
  2. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member Premium Member 11 Years

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    Do you have a hen who is nicer than the rest? You might try penning the two together (making sure the little one doesn't get pecked). They may bond somewhat and when you reintroduce them, the smaller one will have a hen to hang out with and be less liable to get picked on as much.

    *edited to fix apalling spelling errors made when I was posting still asleep. :eek: *
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2008
  3. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Quote:I like that idea and will need to try it.

    My method is to use VetRX or Vicks Vapor Rub. Put some on the pecked areas.
    The chickens HATE the taste and should stop pecking.
  4. dixiechick

    dixiechick Songster

    Poor baby! Good for you for acting so quickly....sounds like you have done everything I would have....good luck to your little one....she's lucky to have you!
  5. vickig

    vickig Songster

    May 26, 2008
    I have 3 8 week old baby banties, I took one of my most friendly hens ( americauna ) and put her with the babes last week, they have there own separate pen.

    She I think, keeps an eye on them and is teaching them social skills for when they go in the big house in a few more weeks.

    This is the first time I have done this and so far it's working well.
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2008
  6. Jenski

    Jenski Songster

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    You are also more likely to have better luck mixing ages once they have grown to similar size. The age difference doesn't matter so much then. The method of placing her with a gentle hen is great, and can really work if you choose wisely.

    Also - - sounds like you have already taken good, proactive steps to take care of her immediate needs. The only thing I would do now is check to make sure the penicillin administered is appropriate for wound infections, so you're not wasting meds.

    Good luck! Please keep us posted on how she does.
  7. Ladysonja

    Ladysonja Songster

    Jul 29, 2008
    Porter, Texas
    Good Morning scrapmom5 -

    You have done right by seperating the injured girl from the rest.

    I had the same problem with my 4 wk olds and 14 wk olds. I thought the issue was with the older girls plucking the butt feathers of our 1 girl, but it turned out the other 4 wk olds where doing the pecking.

    Like you, I cleaned the wound (about the same size and bloody), put niosporine (sp?) and put her in the hospital house cage.

    We waited to introduce her back to the flock until all the signs of the wound was healed and feathers started growing back. It took about 7 days.

    I waited until Saturday morning to reintroduce her to the rest of the flock. She seemed to fall back into place and I have not had any more problems with the girls picking on each other.

    I would recommend waiting until the wound is completely healed and feathers are growing back until you put her back in the coop/run.

    Although my girls tail feathers are growing back a little lopsided, she doesn't appear to be any worse for wear.

    Good luck and hope my story helps you with you situation.
  8. scrapmom5

    scrapmom5 Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    Hey thanks guys...I just went to check on Dot and she seems ok. Her raw spot is no longer red and healing. I let her and the other 8 her same age out to play in the yard and kept the older girls locked up for the time being. She went right to work on eating more of my tomatoes. My little BLRW and a splash mystery bird were keeping her company. The BLRW were sleeping right next to her cage while the splash was cooing at her. It was so sweet. Odd thing is I thought that the splash was a rooster...she did another hen squat this morning...Maybe she is a she???

    Thanks again for the help.


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