Last night my husband woke me to the sounds of an animal in distress. We thought something was attacking our cat and so we went out with flashlights and guns to protect our pet. We heard a distressed chattering at the fence line, saw our cat way on the other side of the yard watching us, and when we approached the fence something shot up the tree. There was no blood or animal parts at the tree so we figured that maybe it was just a raccoon spat.
This morning I noticed a huge explosion of feathers inside my chicken coop. When I went to the fence I found my barred rock hen cowering under a bush with a massive bald spot and some puncture marks on her back just below the neck. Is there anything that can be done besides isolating her inside and keeping vetericyn on the wounds? I washed her gently in the sink and poured hydrogen peroxide on the wounds first. There is no bleeding at this time and she is breathing Okay and walking Okay as well. I also trimmed the few remaining feathers at the attack site to keep them from getting in the bite marks.
Also, what is used as bait to trap a raccoon? I've heard people use cat food, but I don't want to trap my outside cat.
Any advice is appreciated. I have doctored my girls for various reasons before, but this attack is the worst one of them has gone through.