- Apr 26, 2013
We have two adult rhode island red hens with similar injuries. They each have a large wound with no skin covering it. One of them appears to be showing exposed bone. The wounds were dry yesterday, but one of them was picked on and started bleeding today. We put blue kote on them yesterday but kept them with our other two barred rocks. Once I saw the bleeding, I separated the hens today.
We don't know how this happened. We do not own a rooster. Their pen does not look as if an animal made its way into the pen. We have raccoons that visit our backyard, so one may have reached through the chicken wire and got them both, but the chicken wire does not look disturbed. Our dogs have not gotten them. We do have mice in our yard.
Is it possible that we have mites that caused the chickens to pull out their feathers? Maybe they broke the skin and the other chickens picked at it? The wounds are on similar parts of their bodies, just on opposite sides of each other. If they roosted together, the wounds would be touching each other.
Is it possible that we have a bacterial/fungal problem?
My pictures are not great. The wounds look like large 4cm holes with no skin, very little muscle, and some exposed bone. Any help would be greatly appreciated!