When can an injured chicken rejoin the flock?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Smeamers, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. Smeamers

    Smeamers In the Brooder

    Feb 16, 2009
    Kalamazoo, MI
    I have a 7 week old colored ranger rooster that we discovered on Friday with all his tail feathers missing and a raw bloody rear end. He was just standing there dripping blood and letting the other chickens pick at his wound. I brought him into the garage and put him in a large box with bedding, food and water. The wound stopped bleeding within an hour or so and he seemed to be resting comfortably and was eating and drinking. Yesterday my husband noticed that the rooster is constantly out of the box and roosting all over the garage so he must be feeling better. The wound is all crusted over and he's pooping normally. He's also trying to run from us again so he's definitely feeling perky. When can he rejoin the flock? Will they just start picking at his rear end even though it is no longer bright red with blood? Even though he is the biggest of the meat birds, I know he's low in the pecking order. Thanks!
  2. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Until it has healed up with feathers, they may still peck at it and start him bleeding or worse all over again. If you can put him in a separate area, near them, that would be best.

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