Sudden flock violence w/injuries

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by RoeDylanda, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. RoeDylanda

    RoeDylanda Songster

    Dec 9, 2010
    Central CT
    Hi, all, trying not to sound scrambled/frantic here but my 7 year old just came running in the house to tell me "the chickens have red stuff on their heads!" All 6 are there, all of them have head lacerations. One hen has bright red blood on her beak & is panting. She's alone in the run now, another is latched in the coop, one is secured in the dog crate and the other 3 are free-ranging until I figure out what happened. We have hens only, no rooster.

    They've had minor dominance squabbles before now but never this kind of injury. We were out for 3 hours and came home to this. One, who is a biter anyway, was extremely aggressive to me when I went in the coop to separate the birds. What caused this? What can I do? I have Blu-kote but I don't know if they'll let me clean their heads. Can anyone help?

    Thank you, thank you.

  2. brahmakid11

    brahmakid11 Songster

    Aug 23, 2011
    sitting on the toilet
    sorry about your chickens fighting. i have 38 chickens they all fight.[​IMG]
  3. RoeDylanda

    RoeDylanda Songster

    Dec 9, 2010
    Central CT
    Four heads cleaned, but no visible wounds so far. Where did all this blood come from, then? The one with the bloody beak is too far under the coop to see what's up with her. The aggressive one is now in the dog crate, and I hope she is contemplating her future because I'm seriously thinking of culling her. The others are free ranging in the yard, occasionally pecking each other's heads. Why did I want these things, again?
  4. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

    Oct 7, 2010
    Conroe, Texas
    May want to use the blue kote on them if they are still pecking.
    All it takes is one to bleed to morph them into yard pirhanas.
    I would be wanting to cull the most aggressive one too if she is showing people aggression. Hens can be just as big turds as roosters.

    A rooster actually helps keep order in a flock. If you are in an area that allows it you want to consider it. Hopefully, just removing the instigstor will make a big difference though.
  5. RoeDylanda

    RoeDylanda Songster

    Dec 9, 2010
    Central CT
    Thanks-- they're blu-koted now and the instigator is spending the night in the cat carrier with food and water as I ponder her future. The biggest victim, whose beak appears damaged, is safe in the dog crate in the living room for tonight. I'll reintroduce her in the morning and watch them.

    BooBear, you made me laugh! I wish I could take your advice. My town allows roosters but both sets of neighbors have requested that we not get one, so we're stuck with just the hens.

    I appreciate the help, both of you. Thank you.

  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    If they are not game chickens and have the ability to get away from each other, then I would not worry about such fights unless it is very hot. It takes very little to make the comb and wattles bleed and that very little is seldom serious. Such rank changes / challenges happen more than most suspect. It just difficult to detect unless you happen to be there while or immediately after it happens.
  7. taprock

    taprock Songster

    Nov 1, 2010
    Northern L.P. Michigan
    I'm glad you got everyone taken care of and settled. I hate when there are fights. On Sunday our weather changed and since then all we have had is squabbles. Before it was too hot for them to think about fighting and now that it has cooled down I guess they have the energy to argue. If you know who is causing the problems that makes things much easier.

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