I knew at some point the boys were going to bother the girls, but who knew they would be so bad from the get go...
I need to figure out whether I need to sew her up or maybe use the glue type of stuff like they do for people to fix her up. I have her separated and have even made an pretty good attempt at a chicken apron for her. I just need for someone to take a look at the next post an say one way or another if I need to sew, glue, or maybe just leave well enough alone. I am not going to put it in the first post since it looks gross. I cleaned the wound up best I could considering a squirming chicken... so don't scroll down if you are squeamish.
Poor little gal. I'm no expert, but think if she were mine I'd clean it a couple times a day and make sure she was in a place where flies couldn't get on her. It looks like your roos don't believe in Dinner And A Movie for their girls. Can you send some of them to freezer camp?
Annie - Just put 2 into freezer camp...that was traumatic enough for me this past week. I know I'm going to have to send a few more, but I got to give myself a couple of weeks to decide who stays and who goes. I know that my male Faverolle is staying...and I will probably keep one each of the Wyadottes and Plymouth rocks. So big red will probably go and 2 others...sigh. That will leave me with 3 boys for 12 girls. I guess if I have another injury soon I will probably kick the boys out of the coop during the day so the girls can get a rest period from them.
Right now she is staying in the garage so we won't have any fly problems. The gash is pretty large (to me) it is about a golf ball size hole in the skin...it is under her wing so it is a little hard to get to the wound with one hand since I have to hold the wing up to get to it...so if I have to give her stitches I'll have to enlist some help. I have cleaned it out best I can and since she is inside she doesn't have much chance to get dirt in it. I am keeping a watch on it to see if it look like infection is starting. My mom said to maybe put some peroxide on it ... is that OK to do? Any other ideas?
I would probably use peroxide, but if you have Betadine, that would work too. Chickens don't often get infection from flesh wounds.. I'd just put some neosporin on it and let it heal.. You will probably be surprised at how fast they heal. If it is getting flies, then I'd use BlueKote.. it helps to dry it up fast too.
I had a naked neck get a huge gash and I thought she would be a gonner.. but nope! washed it up with peroxide, and it healed fine.
Chickens can really surprise you with their healing abilities. I have had several that I thought were beyond help, but they're still with me. I wouldn't stitch, but if you could pull the edges together with bandaids (using them like butterfly bandages) it might make for a faster recovery. I had a hen with a "Y" wound on her back, with each leg being at least 1.5", and she healed with just cage rest. I did Bluecote it when it first happened. General advice in vet care says you can use peroxide once, when the injury first happens, but after that dilute povidine iodine if needed. Unless there's a lot of debris in the wound, I'd pretty much let it be.
Wishing her well :)
OK just back from the store. Bought some new skin spray and some butterfly bandages. Will fix her up in a little bit...have to work sometime today at my real job. LOL!
I was also lucky to find some cloth on sale @ wally world with chickens on it...Will make another attempt at a chicken apron/saddle, but I am going to use some sew in velcro to hold the elastic instead of snaps or sewing into it like I've seen on some online versions. I'll let y'all see what I come up with when I have it finished.
Glad to hear she doesn't have an infection, yay! I love betadine, for animals and people too! It's amazing what they can recover from. Had a little gal that got hung up in the fence (Thanks again ZZ's for holding my hand through it!!) and her coop mates weren't kind to her while she was stuck there. I kept the area spotless and disinfected, she healed in no time. Blue Kote - it's a must have! Hides all kinds of things that other chickens find interesting and keeps them from pecking or trying to taste it. They can be cruel.
I miss having a rooster, he was such a good guardian. But, he was a huge BCM and was IN LOVE with Vivian, the Silkie. Vivian is my very first chicken and she's GOLDEN around here. He was so rough with her, his 10 pounds on her 1 1/2 pound body was not a good match. He now lives with 8 LF hens and is happy. He was spared freezer camp, but it's hard to rehome roosters. Besides, they're pretty darned delicious.