These girls have been free ranging for several hours a day since last summer. We had one scare where a red tail came close to the house and all of the hen's put up a racket, dove for cover and I scared it off. Haven't seen one since.
In the ensuing months the hen's have ranged farther from the house including closer to the woods where there is no cover for them. Yesterday they set up a racket and when we went out they were running up the hill for cover under the deck. I was missing two and finally found them under the deck. One was severely injured- all her tail feathers were gone and she has a big gash on her back as well as a small spot on her head. I found the site of the attack complete with a pile of feathers, but no indication of a ground attack.
Here's a picture:
I have been spraying the wound with vetricyn and keeping her in my studio in a portable pen. She seemed dazed last night, but this morning finally came off of her perch and ate and drank.
Do you think it was a hawk?
Am I treating this would appropriately?
Thanks so much for any input you can give. Am rethinking the free range- don't want to provide hawk meals, but the birds are so much more contented when they can get out.