March 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm #254700
One of my girls has managed to get the back part of her comb caught on something and has half pulled it off. She doesn’t seem to be affected, she’s being her normal nosey self but looks a bit ick with dried blood around her head.
Should I be putting anything on the area? Cleaning up the blood? Keeping in mind that anything that goes on might drip into her eyes.
Poor little girlie!!March 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm #493049
When one of my girls had a hole pecked in her head by the other nasty chooks, I was given some tar paste by the guy at the Fodder shop. He said that it would keep any germs out as well as deter pecking by the other chooks because it tastes terrible. I wonder if perhaps some betadine might do the trick as well (although I’m no expert….). I didn’t think my chook had any hope of surviving – the hole seemed so big/deep, but survive she did. She’s now in with the new nice chooks and is part of their family.March 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm #493050
First I’d clean it up with a saline wash and a bit of betadine. Then, you need to be careful that the other chooks don’t peck at her wound – chooks seem to be attracted to red, and once they start it’s hard to stop. One way people use to deter that is using that blue/purple wound spray (Centrigen) from the produce, which disguises the colour a bit. I’ve never had that spray stuff handy when I needed it, but have successfully used food colouring smeared liberally over the area and that seemed to do the trick (I’ve tried both blue colouring and green – blue seemed to work the best). I am not sure how long the Centrigen colour lasts for, but I’ve found the food colouring needs to be re-applied every couple days. Good luck!
Edited to add: don’t be in too much of a hurry to treat her – I’ve always found that unless the chook is seriously injured and you NEED to do something straight away, it’s best to wait until night time when they are nice and dopey and do what needs doing in semi-darkness – then you don’t have a struggling chook to contend with and can just take your time to do what needs doing.March 20, 2011 at 11:26 pm #493051
I got some warm water tonight and a towel and attempted to clean the dried blood. The poor chook wasn’t thrilled with it and the blood wasn’t coming off. I have no betadine, so will get some from the supermarket tomorrow.
The other chooks don’t seem to be too interested in the blood… I’m hoping it’s because the area is red anyway due to the comb, so shouldn’t be too out of the ordinary. But I have centrigen anyway due to having horses, so I covered up the girl’s eyes with the towel and gave it a spray.
I wonder if she likes her new purple “do”? I hope she’ll be ok! She’s my favourite little chookie, she’s so friendly and is the first to run over to see if I’ve got food and the last to leave me even when I don’t have food.March 20, 2011 at 11:34 pm #493052
She doesn’t look too bad Fozzie – I was thinking there’d be more blood splashed around (comb injuries can bleed profusely). I don’t know that I’d bother stressing her out again and mucking around with the Betadine – if it looked fairly clean when you bathed it with the water, the Centrigen will probably have done the job anyway (doesn’t it have antiseptic properties?).March 20, 2011 at 11:48 pm #493053
From memory the Centrigen is antiseptic, plus is meant to keep the flies away. There are some splatters around her neck area, which you can just see. But it shouldn’t be too much different to the red mud they like to bathe in. They’re meant to be white chooks, but half the time look like isas! 😆
It’s meant to rain over the next few days, so the blood should wash off then while she’s “rescuing” the drowning worms.
I guess this is my first chookie injury, so not too sure if it’s anything serious or not. 🙂March 21, 2011 at 1:37 am #493054
Hope your girl heals up OK Fozzie.Isn’t it strange how “stuff” always seems to happen to our favourite chooks? I’ve lost both my favourites, Little Miss Chatterbox and Beyonce, and I haven’t even had chooks for a year yet!!
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