hawk attack! can anyone help me?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Pocoop, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. Pocoop

    Pocoop New Egg

    Nov 29, 2009
    I left my four chickens in the backyard today, and my husband ran in yelling about a huge hawk/vulture that he had spotted. I ran to the back to find my favorite chicken's feathers everywhere. I spotted her in a shallow pond that we have that is covered in leaves, so my husband jumped in a pulled her out. She was just lying there in shock, but she soon got up. She is acting herself now, but she is bleeding a lot in the rear. I think this may be simply because half her tail feathers were ripped out. She also had a bloody face which i wiped off. I put rubbing alcohol on all of the cuts. I isolated her in a dog crate and gave her food and water, but I'm not sure if she has eaten or drank yet. I think I am going to give her scrambled eggs. Should I wrap her in gauze on the back? I'm worried about her, but she seems very alert. Is there anything I can do for her?
  2. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle

    Nov 15, 2008
    Martinez, CA
    If you've already cleaned the wounds, then I would put some plain Neosporin on them. I don't know how you would wrap a tail area. maybe someone else can help here. You've already isolated her, so she is safe for now. The scrambled eggs are good. She'll need a little extra protein to heal.

    So glad your girl is alive!!
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2009
  3. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    Wow - glad she's doing ok! I've been fending off hawks for two weeks now and unfortunately lost two chickens.

    Sounds like you're doing everything she needs. Might also want to swab with peroxide or betadine too. Otherwise chickens heal really fast with little problems. Just don't put her back with the others until her wounds are healed or she could be pecked (chickens love red). A little sugar in her water with also help her with the shock.

    Edited to add: I wouldn't wrap or cover her wounds. They'll heal faster if they are exposed to the air. The neosporin will also help alot.
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2009
  4. Ms~Silkie~Girl

    Ms~Silkie~Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2009
    New York STATE
    I haven't had the EXACT same problem BUT, my hens pulled all his tail feathers out, and i quarentined him in a dog crate and put blu-Kote on his butt and now his tail feathers are grown back

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