Tuesday, 10 May 2011

They go mad for blood

Two of the chicks have been much slower to feather-up than the other 31 and 1of them, Piglet, has been really slow.  He hasn't let it stop him though, he's been just as active and just as inquisitive as everyone else.

Today I was working at the breakfast bar in the kitchen, and I could see someone giving his shoulder a good peck. Then I realised that several of them were pecking him.

There was quite a bit of blood.  It was one cut, which had bled quite a lot; and the others, attracted by the blood, had been pulling feathers as well.    We put some antiseptic purple spray on the wound,  and then DH fished out the Go and a small part of the run, and we isolated Piglet within the free range area.

I also put a small dustbath in with him, as rolling in the dust will help seal the wound.

He'll probably have to sleep in the kitchen this evening.


  1. How is he?

    Try some vet wound powder, that heals it up nicely. Poor wee chap :(

  2. Why didn't I think of that?! I have some wound powder in the cupboard - I just automatically reached for the Septiclense.
    Thanks Clare.
    He's fine now, running round with all the others with no further incident. His wing looks a bit skeletal, but it doesn't seem to be bothering him.