weird chicken behavior and injured chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Georgeschicks, May 19, 2019.

  1. Georgeschicks

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    this is a kind of complicated story so sorry in advance. I also have two issues here that I need help with. I have six chickens. 4 are two years old and were raised together as day old chicks. they are 2 easter eggers a bcm and a delaware. about six months later we introduced two more who were raised together and are both austrolorpes. these two younger ones were bullied from the beginning and it went away over the winter and as spring comes they have been bullied again. today i heard squawkinga and i assumed it was the littles getting pecked so i went down to see but all five other chickens were pecking one of the easter eggers. she is super sweet and has never been a bullier or been a victim before. i saw that most of her little comb has been completely pecked off and there was dried blood in her feathers and around her comb area. she is now missing quite a few feathers on her head and she was hiding in a corner with her head down. i took her inside and cleaned her up and i’m keeping her in a cat carrier for the time being. what should i do? i need help stopping all this bullying and for fixing up her wound.

    just to explain the pics: the white one is the new one being bullied- there has been blood drawn. the pictures of the black chickens are the younger chickens that have been bullied after being introduced towards the others. both being pecked at but no blood drawn just feathers missing.

    thanks!!
     
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  2. Eggcessive

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    Vetericyn Wound Spray is very good to use around the face and eyes, and the rest of the body. There are other brands, such as Theracyn andn others. Plain Neosporin or Triple Antibiotic Ointment are also good for wound care. I would place the cat carrier inthe coop and keep her with the other birds. Then spend some time observing her for any possible weakness or illness that the others have sense. And I would let her have supervised visits with them, so that you may be able to identify a leader of the bullies. That one would need to be separated for a week or so. It can be hard when this happens to figure out how to handle one getting bullied.
     
  3. Virginia and James

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    We like to use Blue Kote, dabbed on a q-tip or cotton ball, to detract from the redness of the fresh wound. Then as was stated by someone with far more experience, try to find the ringleader and take her down a notch.
    It's super frustrating when they turn on each other like this. We've had to build a separate coop for two girls that absolutely cannot live with the main flock (thanks to the rooster).
     
  4. Georgeschicks

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    thanks so much!! how long should i keep the one with the hurt comb separated?
     
  5. Eggcessive

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    Use you own judgement, but until she is rested, her wounds are a little better, and and I would supervise her with the others. If they peck her a little at first, that is okay, but if they pounce on her and attack, you will need to keep her in the crate with food and water. I had a hen recently who could not balance for around a month, but stayed inside the coop with the others in a basket. Once she started walking around again, the others attacked her bloodying her comb. This happened every day when she was released from her crate. I had to eventually keep her on the opposite side of the fence. She stays in her own coop now. Hoepfully, it will work out better for your hen.
     
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  6. Georgeschicks

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    Thanks!!
     
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    Thanks you!
     
  8. DellaMyDarling

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    How big is your coop and run?
     
  9. Georgeschicks

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    coop is
    the run is 13x9 ish and the coop is 7x5
     
  10. DellaMyDarling

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    Seems plenty large enough for six, so space likely isn't the issue.
    Have you been able to witness any bullying?
    Could try adding a second set of feed and water opposite side of the run.
    Finding and isolating the bully is important.
     

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