This evening we left our six hens unattended in the backyard with our two border collies who look out for them. We had to run an errand and when we returned one hen was motionless. I thought she was dead but noticed she was still breathing despite the patch of skin missing from her back, feathers strewn about, puncture wounds and bruising in the neck. My initial thought was one of the dogs did it, but upon reflection we determined that it must have been a hawk. I cleaned the wounds with warm water, put a bit of Neosporin around the punctures but not in the wounds, used a human-grade antiseptic directly on all wounds, used a bit of Blu-Kote but not too much (figured the wounds needed air), and segregated her from the flock in a large, sturdy cardboard box with straw housed within a secure dog kennel. I didn't have any iodine so I improvised. I was able to give her a couple milliliters of water laced with antibiotics and electrolytes via dropper and she didn't want food; she was in shock for an hour or so. She seems to be better, can stand and lift her head and move her neck. What else can I do?? Pic of injury is below.
Edited by VentuckyChick - 7/9/12 at 9:57pm