Bobcat injures chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by wigginsfarm, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. wigginsfarm

    wigginsfarm New Egg

    Sep 4, 2012
    My poor chicken Gretel (10 month old Island Red) was attacked by a bobcat yesterday. Luckily all he got was a handful of feathers off her back but she is still in shock. Not eating, drinking a little. We let our girls free range during the day but not until we catch that bobcat! How long should I expect to see her in shock, not eating? Gretel is such a sweet chicken, my little shadow following me around and quite a talker..normally. Now she just stands still and does not move much. Put her in a smaller dark coop with plenty of shavings and a friend. What should I do? Will she recover? ;(((
  2. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 12, 2012
    I had this same issue. A bobcat chased my 3 hens and killed one.

    One of the 2 hens that wasn't killed was very shocked. She had runny poop, and wouldn't eat or drink. She just stood quietly for a long time. It took her about a day and a half to go out of shock. She had finished molting the month before and started a very stressed molt a couple days after the incident.

    Some vitamins (Poly-vi-sol with no iron for example) in her water can give her a boost. Sorry about the bobcat problem!

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