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Last week my husband went outside and interrupted a red-tailed hawk in the middle of attacking one of our drake magpies. The poor fellow got scalped (skull showing) and a few puncture wounds. We cleaned him up and tried some vet wrap on him and put him in a dog crate to keep him quiet and isolated.

 

After a week of cleaning the wound (and leaving it open after the first couple days) we released him to a larger hospital pen and big tub of water. He seems to be doing just fine and the wound is healing. Can't wait for the skin to grow back and cover that skull though. 

 

Sadly, the day after he got scalped a second duck was killed. Husband didn't get out there soon enough. A week of standing guard and that red-tailed hawk hasn't come back.

 

The ducks were too big for the hawk to take away, so he looked like he was planning on consuming what he could right there. Two years with ducks and this was our first attack of any kind here in beautiful western Mass. 

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Last week my husband went outside and interrupted a red-tailed hawk in the middle of attacking one of our drake magpies. The poor fellow got scalped (skull showing) and a few puncture wounds. We cleaned him up and tried some vet wrap on him and put him in a dog crate to keep him quiet and isolated.

 

After a week of cleaning the wound (and leaving it open after the first couple days) we released him to a larger hospital pen and big tub of water. He seems to be doing just fine and the wound is healing. Can't wait for the skin to grow back and cover that skull though. 

 

Sadly, the day after he got scalped a second duck was killed. Husband didn't get out there soon enough. A week of standing guard and that red-tailed hawk hasn't come back.

 

The ducks were too big for the hawk to take away, so he looked like he was planning on consuming what he could right there. Two years with ducks and this was our first attack of any kind here in beautiful western Mass. 

So sorry to hear about the death of your duck hugs.gif  Seems this time of year their main food source is not as plentiful so they are going after easy game. Glad to hear your drake is mending though. 

Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 15 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

Keep me as the apple of your eye;hide me in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 17:8

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Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 15 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

Keep me as the apple of your eye;hide me in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 17:8

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