It wasn’t on my bucket list, but I can say I’ve done it. I have washed a chicken’s butt.
I am all about finding solutions; hence, in the last two days I have become a poultry veterinarian. My bathroom now functions as the clinic for my two sick Isa Brown hens. Charlene is quarantined in the bathroom shower, and Lola is in a box in the closet.
It all started when Jonathan noticed traces of blood on the pine shavings one night while collecting the eggs and closing the coop door. Next day, I went out to investigate. I found Charlene in bad shape. I scooped her up and took her into the house. (It’s imperative to separate an ill bird from the flock; otherwise, the other hens will gang up on the wounded one.)
Jonathan heard me come in and called out, “How are the girls?”
Sadly, I spoke. “It’s Charlene, and she’s in my arms. I think she’s dying.” The tears came like a flood. I love my chickens, especially Char. She has a very special place in my heart. Out of all my girls, she’s been the most friendly and docile. When neighbor kids come over, I can easily scoop her up and bring her out for everyone to hold and pet. She doesn’t mind at all. Man, I love my little hen.
I brought Charlene downstairs and put her into the bathroom shower. After some research on the internet, I managed to devise a plan to doctor her. Armed with rubber gloves, I placed her into a bucket of warm water and gently washed her bottom. Then I covered the swollen and wounded area with honey, a natural antibiotic. The bathroom shower became her isolation room. I gave her a dish of wheat grains and water with chicken probiotic. In order to prevent her from laying eggs and allow recovery, I hung a black blanket over the shower door and shut off all the lights. I prayed for her and hoped for the best.
The next day, I found more bad news inside the coop.
Lola had the same wounds and bleeding. Again, I brought another hen into the house and performed the same procedure and put her into a box in the closet.
Today, I gave the girls both another butt bath and drenched the wounds in hydrogen peroxide to kill infection.
I haven’t seen any big progress yet, but I pray they’ll get better.
If you have any suggestions or know more about helping injured hens, please let me know!