NEW MEMBER, NEEDS URGENT ADVICE ON SPOOKED/iINJURED HEN!!
Sorry for the circumstances. I'd leave her with her flock, but closely monitor to see how she is doing. She may be chilled, in shock, or even injured. You will have a better idea as to what is going on tomorrow. Good luck.
You can bathe her in some warm water to check for wounds better and clean off the muck. Make sure she's dry before putting her back outside. I'm in Ohio, a wet bird now would not survive. If you don't see obvious injury I'd keep an eye on her. She could be in shock from her night away from home. If she's eating, drinking, and pooping those are good signs. Make sure the others don't pick on her. That would only cause her more stress.
Signs of pain in a chicken are making themselves into a ball. They will pull their head in and stand around. Often times with their eyes closed.
Chickens are very tough. You'd be surprised by what they can survive. Good luck with her.
Is this a picture from today ? Where are you located, and what is your weather like ?
If it is really cold, you might want to bring her inside to warm up, but return her to the coop as soon as is possible.
Thank you all so much for your help!! How long should I give her to come back to normal.. 5-7 days? It's late here now so I'll go out in the morning with some treats and see how she is doing and check her skull compared to the others! How would I know if her leg or wing is broken? When I was having a feel of her earlier she was able to spread out both wings and was clearly telling me to leave her alone so I let her go as I didn't want to stress her out any further!!
The more you handle her the more you will notice what is right from wrong. If she flaps her wings at you, release her to do her own thing until you can gain control of her.
as for checkign in on her and watching for "progress", I usually give my sick birds 2 weeks to recover before either seeking out an avian specialist, or putting the bird out of their pain....
And being able to tell if something is broken is pretty easy.
She will either limp, or drag the broken appendage pretty noticably.
Im hoping for your hen it is simply a minor case of culture shock.
The wild is a scary place afterall.
Edited by Banaynaychicken - 1/11/17 at 2:19pm