How to Treat Cuts and Wounds in Chickens
3 of 12 in Series: The Essentials of Tending a Sick or Injured Chicken
If you find a bleeding chicken in your coop, or if you suspect a chicken’s skin has been cut or torn, it’s important to treat the bird quickly. Chicken skin is thin and tears easily, and bleeding wounds are very attractive to other chickens. Whether the chicken caught on something or was attacked by a predator, skin injuries need immediate attention.
For shallow wounds, wash the area with hot water and soap and gently pat dry, or clean the wound with hydrogen peroxide.
If the wound continues to bleed, use styptic powder or pressure to stop it.
Flush the wounds with hydrogen peroxide, iodine, or betadine.
Place the chicken in a clean, separate area and check the wounds for infection several times a day.
If infection sets in, clean the wounds two to three times daily.
If the chicken can’t reach the area with its beak and the weather is warm, apply a wound dressing to prevent flies from laying eggs on the wound.
The outlook isn’t very good with deep punctures caused by animals. Keep the chicken warm and quiet to prevent shock. If the chicken is very valuable to you, take it to a veterinarian as soon as possible.