Swollen and bleeding base of feather/follicle

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Chickenlady46, Aug 31, 2016.

  1. Chickenlady46

    Chickenlady46 Just Hatched

    Aug 31, 2016
    South West Scotland, UK

    Found one of my hens with her chest feathers covered in blood 4 days ago. She was obviously weak and not feeling well. On examining her she has a very small lump (about a little finger nail size) at the base of one of her upper/middle chest feathers that had been bleeding over night.

    I cleaned it and it bled quite a bit from a small 'hole' - doesn't seem deep, at the top of the little lump and at the base of the feather shaft. Bandaged her up for 3 days until the bandage was falling off, so removed it. It was dry and scabby. She was back to normal again after her 'blood loss'.

    Unfortunately, she has pecked it again and it started bleeding. I again washed it - but there really seemed to be a LOT of blood coming out of it. Took a while to stop it bleeding and she is now bandaged up again and is again weak and looking like she is suffering from the loss of blood.

    Does anyone know what may have caused this or what it is? Are chicken wounds like head wounds on people and bleed/look worse than they really are?

    I'm reluctant to take her to the vets as all our local ones seem pretty clueless where chickens are concerned and just dish out antibiotics and/or say they don't really know.

    Any help would be appreciated.
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and :welcome. Pleased you joined but sorry about your chicken. For the best advice on your issue, the following would be the place to post. https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures
    You can just cut and paste what you wrote into a new thread. There are some really knowledgeable folks that patrol that forum. Good luck and best wishes to your chicken!
  3. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you. Sorry about your injured chicken - can't say what the cause might be, sounds like an unusual placement of injury - but many injuries do indeed look worse than they are. I've seen birds who were absolutely covered in blood, looked like something out of a horror movie - really they had just broken a few pin feathers and didn't even have a real injury.
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Her injury doesn't sound very serious but, when you mention her being "weak" again, that is something I would want explored- by the ER folks or a vet.
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice and links already so I'll just say hello and wish you luck with your injured girl!

    All the best
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Try posting in the ER section
  7. Chickenlady46

    Chickenlady46 Just Hatched

    Aug 31, 2016
    South West Scotland, UK
    Thanks for responding everyone and for your advice :) Much appreciated. My hen is ok again and back with her buddies. Keeping the bandage on (with regular checks) until the scab/lump has gone so she can't peck at it and re-open it.

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