hawk attack, can't find wound

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  1. JenniYoung

    JenniYoung Out Of The Brooder

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    A hawk just tried to get one of my chickens, and the neighbor boy scared it off. There were a few drops of bright red blood on the chickens wing and a very small pool of blood right where she was standing, but I have combed her over and cannot find the source. She is mostly standing in shock, but she has walked a little and is walking fine. She is panting and has a little bit of drips coming from her beak. I have had her in the house for a half hour or so, and we have seen no new blood.

    Something I should look for? I was all ready to treat a wound, but I can't find one. Is she best back with the flock or alone?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. JenniYoung

    JenniYoung Out Of The Brooder

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    To clarify, it isn't blood drips from her beak but water-looking drips.
     
  3. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would separate her feel for any wounds again and look over her really good and if you find it clean it out with soap and water and put some triple antibiotic cream on it and once she is healed you can keep her which the flock again
     
  4. sumi

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    Lift her wing, on the side where the blood was, and look very carefully around her entire side, under wing, etc, for a possible puncture wound from the hawks talons. It may only be small. We lost a juvenile to a hawk attack once and it took me awhile to locate the wound as well.

    Keep her separated from the rest of the flock for a bit longer and keep her as calm as possible. I hope she'll be o.k.
     
  5. JenniYoung

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    Thank you, I will check again and separate her. Sumi, did your juvenile die after the attack or during? If I still can't find the wound, should I wash her whole self down?
     
  6. Chicken Egg 17

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    I would but I wouldn't put her outside then if it's cold out
     
  7. sumi

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    She was killed instantly. I had to really look for the wound, it was so small and hidden in the fluff. I remember thinking such a small wound, but it obviously went deep, or hit just the wrong spot, as it killed her.
     
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  8. JenniYoung

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    Well, thank you both. I have checked her three times pretty carefully, and I just cannot find it. I did find an area where there were broken and missing feathers, so I cleaned that part of her body very carefully. I think she's going to be okay; I hope so. She's my favorite chicken. :)
     
  9. sumi

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    It sounds like she got away with a good fright and a close shave then [​IMG] Do watch out for the hawk though! Once they caught onto a food source, they tend to stick around a bit. I hope she'll be o.k. now.
     

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