Injured Chick

This morning when I went out to feed and check on my chooks, I noticed our young Australorp pullet rubbing at her left eye and decided to pick her up for a closer examination. We had moved her during the night into a new enclosure as the grower pen has gotten pretty muddy in the recent wet weather we are having. I don’t know if she had injured her eye on a piece of wire, or if this is a peck injury, but I found on examination, that her eye was full of blood and there were signs of blood around her mouth and  nostrils.

Fortunately, it all looked a lot worse than it actually is. I cleaned the eye with cotton wool soaked in Colloidal silver and found that the injury is a very small nick in the upper eyelid and her main problem was that the blood pooled in the corner of her eye was affecting her vision, hence the constant rubbing/scratching with her claws.

Once the eye was cleaned up, she stopped rubbing at it.

I kept her isolated in a small cage for an hour or two, just to make sure the wound had scabbed over, and then put her back with her mates where she immediately stuck her head in the feed hopper, none the worse for wear. I think this will heal without spoiling her looks. I hope so, anyway.

It was interesting to note that just before I went up to check them, one of the cockerels was crowing incessantly and then I arrived to discover this injury. I wonder if he was trying to get my attention because something was wrong?

He has been known to crow nonstop when the feed or water dispensers are empty, too. The lack of feed and water was not the issue this time though. Makes me wonder…

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2 thoughts on “Injured Chick

  1. Poor chick, hope she recovers soon! We had a cockerel who crowed incessantly and I didn’t know that they did this. I wonder now if it was the fact that the feeder was empty sometimes. Should chickens have food at their disposal? These were let out during the day so I thought they would get enough rooting about! E

  2. Hi E,
    My chickens have free access to feed all day, especially the young ones (cockerels and the pullet) while they are growing. It depends on your setup as to how you choose to manage feeding. Our pens are fully roofed which prevents wild birds from gaining access to the feed, so I leave the hoppers available at all times so the chickens can choose to eat that, or they can choose to free range instead. I find that even when they are let out on free range, the hens will return to the coop a few times throughout the day and have a little snack on the pellets. The hoppers are also suspended off the floor to stop mice and rats from getting into them.

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