We believe this attack occurred Wednesday afternoon. We've seen a large black and white bird swoop down on 3 separate occasions and all of the chickens ran for the bushes. I noticed her limping this morning so I picked her up and inspected. The photo is her left "drumstick."
The dark brown stringy parts are her feathers stuck to her muscle.
She *seems* happy, eating normal, limping but still walking a lot, she is able to hop-fly up to the roost without problems. It doesn't look infected but it looks like it is extremely painful. I have her isolated in the smaller coop with water w/vitamin drops and a bowl of feed.
I put triple antibiotic ointment over the entire area (contains no pain med). I'm afraid to peel the feathers off because I'm not sure where they are attached and it looks like it hurts a lot.
Is there anything else I should/can do? I don't think we can afford to take her to the vet. We just spent $160 on the cat Wednesday morning for a corneal ulcer. I've been tending to the cat around the clock. (The reason I hadn't inspected my flock sooner. I'm really not a bad chicken mother, although I feel like one).