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What can I do for her?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chicks Galore3, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    One of my chickens got pecked so much she bled. [​IMG] Not to bad, on her chest. she is missing the top layer of her chest feathers too. What can I do to help her recover? How long do you think it'll take?
     
  2. rwdeets23

    rwdeets23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i had this happen to a speckled susex rooster last year i would seperate him and clean up the wound it usually took a week or 2 but they kept pecking him, i had him out for the last time until he was fully feathered which that took close to a month or so. i put him back and the girls killed him a week later .. but ive never had any other pecking problems[​IMG]
     
  3. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    Well that's bizzare. My chickens are suddenly getting pecky and eating feathers to beat the band. They are targeting 3 chickens especially. Looking for ways to stop it!
     
  4. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

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    Definitely keep her separated from the rest of the flock until the wound heals. It needs to be washed, preferably with saline solution or Vetricyn (but water will work fine also). Then you can put a triple antibiotic ointment or Blu-Kote on it.
    Good luck!
     
  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Mostly, separate her so the others won't keep pecking her, as they will peck a bloody area.

    Any basic wound care is fine, except don't use a topical med with a "caine" drug such as cetacaine, benzocaine, etc. A little soap and water for cleaning and then some Neosporin or similar is fine. Many people keep BluKote or another gentian violet med on hand. It's an antiseptic, plus the color masks the color of blood, so often the bird can be returned to the flock sooner. (If you're not familiar with it, it stains everything.)

    The chest is an odd area to be pecked. Sometimes an injury in this area is from having injured themself on something in their environment. If they're going broody, they will pull their chest feathers out in preparation for setting on eggs. I haven't actually seen or heard of one bringing blood doing this, but anything is possible.
     
  6. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    Thanks! I am also afraid she'll get terribly lonely- she freaks out when she is by herself. [​IMG]
     
  7. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    I didn't think it was possible either, but I see the others doing it! She isn't broody. (she's a gold star) All of her chest is being pecked, but the spot where it is bleeding is more up by her neck.
     

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