Wounded Leg

harleysville homesteader

9 Years
Jul 21, 2010
Harleysville, PA
1) What type of bird , age and weight. - Mutts - 9 months -

2) What is the behavior, exactly. 2 of our 4 hens have been missing their fluffy butt feathers for about a week, 1 of the others is missing a few, and the other is just fine. So I figure the one is plucking the others. Now one of our featherless ladies has a wound on her leg, I think from the same culprit. Never seen anyone pick on anyone else, so these are all assumptions. I can say - they are mite free and acting normally other than the feathers and wound.

3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms? - Missing feathers for 1 week or so. Noticed wound on leg for 3 days.

4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms? 1 other bird missing feathers, none with wound.

5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. - Small wound on leg - gradually getting larger and deeper.

6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation. - 2 hens still have all their feathers. I think 1 of those hens is plucking the other 2 and has opened this wound. Have never seen this and can't figure out which bird is the problem. (We don't have a rooster)

7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. - All birds eating and drinking normally

8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. - All birds have normal poop

9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? Blu Kote on the pink bottoms and remaining feathers. Rooster Booster on wound.

10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?

11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.

12) Describe the housing/bedding in use - My husband is building a sick coop to quarantine her until the wound heals.

My questions are:
1) Is Rooster Booster the right thing to use? It's about the size of a quarter and maybe a eighth to a quarter inch deep. Do I need to start wrapping it in gauze?
2) Will I go through this all over again when I reintroduce once the wound heals? We are sectioning off part of our existing run, so everyone will still see one another and when we are home we will let all of them out together to free range together. (As I said, when we watch them and when they are out foraging, no one picks on anyone else...)

Miss Lydia

~Gift of God ~ Eternal Life ~John 3:16-17
Premium Feather Member
13 Years
Oct 3, 2009
Mountains of Western N.C.
If I was you I'd remove the one doing the dirty work that way your knocking her down a few pegs in the pecking order, I would try to separate the injured one from the rest maybe with a piece of chicken wire in the coop so she can still be with the flock but where they can't get to her. I don't know about Rooster Booster on the wound, I would probably use beatadine or bluekote. then let the air heal it.. Chickens will actually eat each other if given the chance if there is an open wound so the quicker you get this taken care of the better for your hen..

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