HELP!! Hawk attacked my baby chick.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by angeline, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. angeline

    angeline New Egg

    Apr 3, 2016
    Canby, Oregon
    Hi guys, I'm new to both this site and backyard chick keeping. Today, while we were working on our chicken coop, I let my 4 baby chicks (all about 3 to 4 weeks old) out in the yard in their caged playpin with a rubberish fabric top so they could eat some grass and get accustomed to outside. We worked away and our cat, who's accepted the chicks as part of the family, stood guard in front of their pin. An hour goes by and the chickens are having the time of their life. Soon some friends of ours came over and we all gawked at our new baby chicks. They wanted to see the garden and the greenhouse so we walked the fifty feet and were there for about 5 minuets when I hear our cat kind of growl which he never does. Then my friend says, "oh my goodness! Check out that hawk just sitting on your porch! My heart sank. I knew what was going on. I immediately ran towards him, arms flailing, making the most absurd noises I've ever heard. He flew off, our cat darted in his direction. First thing I notice is the top of their pin has been messed with, it has strong Velcro straps so the only thing the hawk could do was probably squeeze his head in. I instantly check our chicks to find our poor Honey is bleeding. Right away I get her in a separate brooder box and put her sisters away. I run to the store for saline solution, neosporin and Gatorade. Not until I started to clean her up did I realize how bad it was. Her throat has been ripped open. I've don't the saline solution rinse and applied the neosporin 3 times in 6 hours. We mixed Gatorade with her water and she loves that. The only thing that's really worrying me is a large bump right under her wound. I don't know what it is or how to treat it. It doesn't seem like her wing is damages as she will flap them. Is it just swelling? Internal bleeding? We're so scared! Were waiting until the bleeding completely stops to give her a little aspirin in her water. Any help is greatly appreciated, I'm very new to this! Our poor cat is even worried about them. He kept whining at the bathroom door where their brooder boxes are until we let him in so he could see they were OK. He's been outside perched on the porch keeping an eye out for that hawk for almost 3 hours. Anyway, thanks in advance for any help! I'll try and post a picture.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] posted on your other thread. Good luck with the chick.
  3. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    That must have been scary. I'm glad to see you've posted in the emergencies forum, that's a good place to get help for your girl.

    Hope she'll be better soon!
  4. okdeb

    okdeb New Egg

    Apr 4, 2016
    Tulsa Oklahoma
    This is our first experience with backyard chickens too and your experience Angeline is one of my greatest fears.
    We have a lot of hawks in our area too. We just moved our six girls outside yesterday and they are between 6 and 7 weeks old now. They were getting crowded in the brooder and it's finally warm enough to move them outside. I would love to let them forage in the yard, but don't dare.
    I hope your chick makes a full recovery.
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Please keep an eye on her, if she develops signs of infection she may need an antibiotic.
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - sorry that its not under better circumstances that you introduce yourself.

    I wish you all the best with saving your chick - they can be surprisingly resilient. Personally, I'd start with antibiotics now.

    Good luck


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