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Two Ladies Hurt...Can't figure out Whodunit!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chef JimmyJ, Jul 24, 2019.

  1. Chef JimmyJ

    Chef JimmyJ Songster

    Last week we moved 9, 2 Cockerels and 7 Pullets, all 14 weeks old, to the new Coop after dark. Day one no issues. Day two found one of the Jersey Giant Pullets missing a 2x2 patch of feathers right side of her tail and bottom. The skin was torn and bloody. We cleaned her up and applied Wound Kote. We didn't want anxiety from being alone, so she hung out with my wife and I, mostly resting on my leg or chest as I recline in my chair or cuddled up to Bev . Day 3, my SIL brings another JG pullet in, this girl has a HOLE in the back of her head the size of a Pencil Eraser! You can see her skull, muscle and some bubbling when she drinks. She too got washed with wound cleaner and had Wound Kote applied. Other than that, hole, she eats, drinks and shows no signs of distress. We need to swap out the two girls, spending time with us because, Bare Booty Girl, keeps attacking Anna, specifically pecking at her head!
    At day 5 both are doing well. The wounds are drying and healing. Bare Booty girl has adopted our three Dogs as her own. She prefers to cuddle with the boys, on the floor or couch rather than hang with Mom or Dad. During the recent Heat Wave, we all spent day and night in our bedroom that had the best working AC. Miss Bare Booty made a heck of a racket when we put her in the animal carrier. We let her out and she has slept, IN OUR BED, between the dogs since. Anna prefers a shelf on our head board. She is still warming up to the dogs and spends a lot of time on my shoulder or the back of my chair above the world. We feed them Grower Crumbles 4 times a day until they walk away satisfied. I am surprised how little they poop in the overnight. Either that or the dogs clean up before we wake.

    So, I can't keep these girls together, for fear of bullying and I don't know if it's safe to return them to the flock? Bev and I have no problem with having a House Chicken but which one? Bare Booty is good with the dogs but is aloof with Bev and I. Anna, is Definitely My Girl! As she sits on my shoulder, she gives what I can only describe as Kisses. She will frequently peck, actually gives gentle Taps, to the side of my face. The kissing is especially frequent when I make a Kissing Sound and asking, " Who's my Girl? " Bev thinks it's hysterical!
    Suggestions, Opinions, Recommendations? Thanks in advance...JJ
     
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  2. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    I'm pretty sure your cockrels are the culprits.
    I don't know how much room you have but boys gang up on pullets and can do damage.
    If they can't get away or are really submissive it is much worse.
    The girls will stop pecking each other once they look normal again.
    I would get the boys out and don't put the injured girls back until they aren't obviously hurt.
     
  3. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Enabler

    I agree that it's possible that you may have some cockerel's in there.
     
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  4. Chef JimmyJ

    Chef JimmyJ Songster

    Thanks. The 9 birds are in 80 Sqft, I thought that plenty of room. Since healing will take awhile, how do I keep Bare Booty from Stalking Anna? If she is on me, no problem, but if they are on the floor, trouble starts. Anna is definitely subordinate....JJ
     
  5. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    Honestly JJ, I keep a little plastic dog playpen with a net top to use for stuff like this.
    You're kissing Anna so I can't see you putting pinless peepers on these girls. :D
     
  6. RhodeIslandRed5

    RhodeIslandRed5 Songster

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    Hi, JJ! I was going to ask you if you noticed any holes dug around your coop where a critter got in, or anything inside the coop they could've injured themselves on, but cock attacks sounds more like it to me. I'm wondering if it wouldn't hurt to put Neosporin on those wounds.
     
  7. RhodeIslandRed5

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    Oh, and my sweet baby will sit on my shoulder, to! :D IMG_20190706_203000.jpg
     
  8. Chef JimmyJ

    Chef JimmyJ Songster

    Such a pretty girl, Red5!
    @Chickassan I agree, we need something for isolation In the house. We have a new commercial coop from TSC, outside. It was a closeout so we got it stupid cheap. Going to use that for the Hospital or for Brooding Hens to do their thing. It will be in the 240 sqft fully enclosed Run. Old Carports are great for making a Run.
    Pinless Peepers...:lau...JJ
     
  9. RhodeIslandRed5

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    Hey that's great you got one of those TSC on sale! Those things are also stupid cheap in the essence they are cheap-made. I've read reviews on those things, and people complain about how truly too small they are, they get weather-worn quickly and are poor quality. I've got one that is on my back-porch. I use it on certain days. The top door is crooked and I have to press down on it to get the locks latched.
     
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  10. Chef JimmyJ

    Chef JimmyJ Songster

    I forget the exact advertisement but this one claimed to be made of higher quality wood, 2X thicker than the competition. Though much too small for their claim of housing up to 12 standard Chickens, it really is much heavier wood than the other coops on display. It also had, mostly positive reviews. Protected from the weather, it will make great Temporary Housing...JJ
     
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