In the Brooder
- May 25, 2015
This hen was hurt by a rooster and the skin under her ear was torn almost completely off except for a flap of skin. I originally thought that I would have to cut it off, but I waited to see if it would shrivel up itself and either fall off or be easier to cut off. It didn't fall off, but it did shrink. It is completely healed, she is free of scabs and blood but I'm worried that the flap might attract picking.
Should I reintroduce her to the flock, cut it off, and/or continue to wait?
She has been inside a dog crate inside the chicken coop with the rest of the chickens. She has had supervised visits throughout, and she has escaped a few times in the last week and each time she was found roosting with the others.
The rooster is no longer with us because he kept hurting the hens.