Earlier today one of my 11 month old hens was attacked by a hawk. I saw it right after it happened and scared the hawk off within seconds of the attack. I thought she was dead when I got to her as she had a little blood coming out of her mouth. There is a nasty gash in her neck which I cleaned as best I could with peroxide and then I put neosporin. I didn't see any other wounds.
At first she lay there without opening her eyes, just breathing. She slowly opened her eyes and lay there for a little while. Then stood up and now is walking around but is a little wobbly. I tried to keep her contained in a basket but she kept flying out. So, I held her for about an hour while I did some computer work. Finally, I decided to put her back in the coop at around dusk because I figured she would be more comfortable in her environment than in my house in a cage.
Anybody have any experience what to do next? She wasn't eating when I put her up. I will see how that goes tomorrow.
Provided she is still alive, should I clean the wound again tomorrow? She is an Easter egger and has a thick set of feathers around her neck making it hard to get in there.
Should I bring her back in the house?
Will the cold affect her? It is in the 20-30 degree range here.
Do these wounds typically heal or could the hit to her neck cause neurological problems too?
Felt so bad for her. Now I have to try to thwart further attacks. Really stinks.