My family just moved out to the country this weekend and I guess we were not as well prepared for predators as we should have been. One of my silkies went broody, so I separated her as I usually do. I guess a raccoon got in to the run and attacked her through the cage she was in. There were feathers everywhere this morning and her leg is bloody and totally limp. She is not very people friendly, but I was able to catch her to take a look at it before work. The leg doesn't move at all, it just hangs down. She can't put any weight on it and keeps falling over. I tried to make her a little nest in the coop so she could rest all day, but as soon as I put her in the box she started screaming and jumped out. Of course she fell over ( who could land on one foot), and she really can't get around too well. She is obviously scared and in pain. I did get her to eat some yogurt and drink some water.
Is this one of those instances where it is better just to let her go or can you just leave the gimpy leg to heal and she will learn to use her one good leg? If we should put her out of her misery, what is the best way to handle that? We haven't had any cause to cull before, we are pretty new chicken keepers.
Thank you for your help!