I think it was an owl. I have four roosters who stay out all the time and don't go up at night. Two large Polish, a mix between just about everything I've got (a bit bigger than a Silkie) and then a little light blue mix. The son of the other mix, crossed over to a ? He's weird looking...and the size half way between a Serama and a Silkie...anyway, he's one of my favourite chickens. He is the sweetest chicken I have ever owned. He always runs to greet me, but this morning was hiding in a corner, when I went to him, he ran/limped away. I had to corner him, and caught him. That's when I saw the blue feathers strewn from the tree he sleeps in, all the way through the neighbours woods. Obviously, he got away alive. That morning on the way up, I saw some crows harassing an owl. Whatever it was grabbed either of his thighs, scraped them up, and plucked them raw. He is pitiful. I brought him in the house in a large pet carrier, and put animal antibiotic on him. The same I always use for chicken injuries. He is going to stay in the house until he is better and I will check for infection regularly. I wanna know what else I should be doing, he is my baby and I will do whatever might help him. He has a freshly cleaned waterer with fresh water, and a clean bowl with food in it. He won't eat or drink, but it's there if he wants it, and I will dip his beak later to make sure he gets some water.
I will post pics later, he is currently sleeping and I don't wanna disturb him. Took him a while to lay down where it didn't hurt, his legs are obviously bothering him.
I should also probably ad that about two weeks ago, I went out in the morning and he ran to me, flew up in my arms, and wiggled up into my shirt, shaking, and his eyes were huge. I looked him over, and he wasn't hurt, but I think something chased him. He came into the house for a few hours until he calmed down, but whenever I tried to put him down, he crawl back up in my lap, trembling. I really want him to be a house chicken, he is soooooo sweet, but that's a different story.
Any suggestions are welcome. If you know how to help him, know what might have gotten him, or know how to keep it from happening to someone else that would be amazing. Thanks in advance, and I will get some pictures when he wakes up.