With the hens getting moved over into the big coop, there is a certain amount of discourse to be expected in the flock. They all battle for the pecking order and who will be top bird. That is a fact of chicken ownership. And just like dealing with pasty butt when they were peeps, one has to deal with the aftermath of the pecking. I had noticed that one new hen was pretty beat up yesterday, but I did not have anything to put on her wounds. I send my Hubby and Son to the store today to get some spray for them. The boys brought home this stuff:
I took my time and caught each hen one by one and calmed her down. I held her down with one hand and sprayed the raw area with the spray then released her...moving on to the next one. One poor hen had a hole pecked clear through her skin into her back muscle. I sprayed her extra good but it would not surprise me if she did not make it. Hopefully she will.