Why is she in there again? Well, because she is officially on the cull list :-( We tried solitary the first time and it didn't work. So, then we just kind of let her do her thing. She'd sit on eggs, we'd take them once a day at the end of the day (trying to encourage her to eat and actually roost for the night, which she did). Generally speaking, she'd eat a couple of times a day and drop a big one, then go straight back to the eggs. She was still not nice to the other hens, but she wasn't being awful, so we kind of went passive and hoped her instincts would chill out a bit. They haven't. She's just gotten meaner.
|If you look closely, you can see the drops of blood. |
She also has blood on her beak, which makes me feel like she took a
chunk of her sisters toe with her mouth. Bitch.
It took us a few minutes to figure out what happened, but I think we figured it out...A hen was trying to lay an egg and Broody got bitchy...they had some sort of fight and the hen lost a toe nail. Torn right off. Gross. Poor girl just wanted to lay an egg! So we got Broody out of the nesting box and let the hen do her thing.
I got on the computer to figure out what to do and how to help her once she finished laying. I read about stopping the bleeding and wrapping it up on a couple of different sites, grabbed towels and salt water and made a plan of how to help her once she was done laying.
But, once she was done she just ran out of the coop to go get some food. Her toe stopped bleeding on its own and she's walking around just fine. Right now the plan is to keep an eye on her and see if she starts babying it or pecking at it.
|Poor bloody toe...|
I know it sounds harsh, but we decided before we got our first batch of chickens that if they were not producing or if they were having a negative affect on the other chickens, we would cull them. While we love our chickens, we have enough pets, we don't need chicken pets, too. Broody will make a better stew than a member of the flock at this point. Now we just need to find the time to cull her properly. In the meantime, she'll be safe and taken care of (fresh air, plenty of room to move, food and water...), just separate from the other hens.
Anyhow, I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas/tips on what to do about the wounded toe besides letting her take care of it? Should I worry about infection? Ugh...