Chicken keeping has become a huge trend in the past few years, making its way into urban backyards, and laying a foundation for homesteaders all over the country. Chickens are fun to watch, easy to keep, and provide people with fresh eggs for their efforts.
When keeping chickens, you’re bound to run into a situation where you find that one of your hens is bleeding. This is a particular danger for chicken keepers, because a bleeding bird can quickly be killed by the rest of the flock. The most important things to do in this situation, is to get the bleeding stopped before it causes a serious situation.
Blood Stop Powder
This little miracle-worker is a must have for any home with animals. Applying this powder to a bleeding wound will usually stop the bleeding very quickly. I will usually place a good amount of the powder into my hand and dip the bleeding body part into the powder if I’m able, and hold it there for a few seconds, until it is well coated. Wait and see if the bleeding has stopped. Apply more powder if needed.
If the bleeding can’t be stopped with the blood stop powder alone, then you must apply pressure to the area that is pleading. Using clean, sterile gauze pads, or a clean towel, hold the chicken still and apply firm pressure to the bleeding area. The chicken may fight you – if needed, hold the chicken in an upside down position, or wrap most of its body in a towel to keep it from moving while you continue to apply pressure.
We recently has a chicken with a torn comb and we could not get the bleeding to stop with powder alone. Head wounds will often bleed profusely, and need to have pressure applied for what may seem like a very long time. Check the bleeding every few minutes and continue to apply pressure until the bleeding stops.
Isolate the Chicken
Once you get the bleeding stopped, place the injured chicken in a dog crate, or similar enclosure by itself with plenty of food and water. It will need some time to calm down and replace any lost blood. You also want to make sure the area is well clotted or scabbed before putting your chicken back with the rest of the flock. You may want to keep the chicken separated for a few days just to make sure it’s healing well.
Cover the Wound
Before putting your chicken back with its flock, you will want to make sure the injured area is well covered again re-injury or being bothered by the other chickens. If you can, wrap the area in a light bandage. Vet wrap works wonderfully because it is lightweight, can be cut to size, and stays put. If the area can’t be bandaged, treat with Blue Kote. This will clean the area, and the color will help to disguise the injury from notice by the other chickens. Make sure to keep a careful eye on the injured bird once it’s reintroduced to the flock.