chicken got plucked but hawk left without dinner. opinions on injuries?

Kel60

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Came outside to a pile of black feathers and feared the worst. Could only find one of our three girls at first but the other two turned up cowering in the back of the coop.

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Star seems to have gotten pinned and plucked before escaping.
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Not bad I think? Not really any blood, she lost 2 big tail feathers and there was a bit of blood there on her bum but over all I think she got very lucky

Shes got a bit of a limp as well, but nothing seems broken hopefully just a strained leg from getting hit.

Do I need to do anything for the feather loss? All the bleeding seems quite minor should I still put antibiotics on it?
Should I bring her in for the night in case of shock? She seems largely Ok

Everybody's locked up in the coup for now, buttmunch I still sulking around he was camped out in the tree right over the coop till I threw a few rocks his way.

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ackie

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I love your post title.

Check for talon gouges that you may have missed under the feathers? Otherwise that bald patch seems fine and I don't think the other hens will even peck at it. You could clean it just to be safe in case there are breaks in the skin.

Not sure about shock. It probably depends where you live / your climate.
 

BunnyEberhart

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Poor sweetie. How scary. I would put some no peck spray over the featherless patch but only as a precaution because I am paranoid about my birds. Lol im sure it will be fine so long as no one pecks.
 

Kel60

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The spot is actually well covered so I doubt they'll see the spot to go pecking. Hawk seems to have mostly gotten the fluff, so enough big body feathers we had to hunt to find where he got her. Its was weird really I was expecting her to be half bald when we found her but unless you go looking she looks almost normal on that side.

I didnt even know there was sprays to prevent pecking. Tastes bad I would assume?

I got these girls in the spring so not much experience with chickens yet.

I'm trying to get ahold of some bird netting right now to put up for them. We put up some sparkly spinners that were suppose to scare him away but fat lot of good that did.
 

ackie

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I would make a post in the predator thread with pictures of your coop and setup before you buy anything. Someone there will have solid advice so you dont waste money on stuff theyve tried already haha. Put your location (general state or country is fine) so similarly located people can chime in about what works in your area specifically.

I've never used the no peck stuff but chew deterrent for dogs just tastes bad, yeah.
 

BunnyEberhart

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The spot is actually well covered so I doubt they'll see the spot to go pecking. Hawk seems to have mostly gotten the fluff, so enough big body feathers we had to hunt to find where he got her. Its was weird really I was expecting her to be half bald when we found her but unless you go looking she looks almost normal on that side.

I didnt even know there was sprays to prevent pecking. Tastes bad I would assume?

I got these girls in the spring so not much experience with chickens yet.

I'm trying to get ahold of some bird netting right now to put up for them. We put up some sparkly spinners that were suppose to scare him away but fat lot of good that did.
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