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severe wounded chicken

Hi all. This morning I noticed one of my buff orpingtons had a nasty open flesh wound on her back. The skin is torn all the way from her back to under her wing. My guess is that its from the rooster mounting her and slashing with his nails. She seems fine, eating alright and walking about. I separated her because the other hens were picking at her open flesh. What should I do? Is there anything I can put on the wound? Or should I just butcher her? Thanks in advance.

linmad
Monday, March 22nd, 2021

Leave her on her own she'll heal after a few weeks.

paddycrawford
Monday, March 22nd, 2021

The same thing happened to us many years ago and my son stitched the wound. She healed up fine. Just watch for any infection. The same hen is still with us. I reckon she's about nine! It's a good idea to file down the cocks spurs to avoid it happening again.

Joseph lawler
Monday, March 22nd, 2021

Thanks for the advice Paddy and Joseph. Will do.

linmad
Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Get some blue or silver spray and give it a blast. Co ops normally stock it.

nama-man
Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Coloidal silver works so well for my chickens and quails with skin wounds,. Clean the affected area of debris and spray it with the CS.

DrBaker
Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Where do ye buy colloidal silver?

Cork Wyandotte
Sunday, March 28th, 2021

Thanks for the advice. She's doing grand right now. I separated her from the rooster and the rest of the flock and she has started laying again. You can get coloidal silver in health food shops and I've been meaning to get it for my medicine cabinet. Now I will.

linmad
Monday, March 29th, 2021


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