HELP Hawk + chick = trouble breathing

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SHSChickenGirl, Nov 15, 2015.

  1. SHSChickenGirl

    SHSChickenGirl New Egg

    Nov 15, 2015
    9 week old Wheaten Maran chick is most likely picked up by a hawk then dropped and is now making strange head motions and having trouble breathing. She also has a slight bum leg, but that doesn't matter to me too much right now. She is moving around pretty wel on her own. She is eating and drinking some. We have her isolated in the house because of the current cold weather.

  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Welcome to BYC. I'm sorry that your pullet was attacked. Hawks don't always go after grown hens due to their size, but they can really do damage to or kill young chickens. Examine your pullet for any puffy areas under her skin on her body that could be a leaking air sac that can happen with trauma to the neck or chest. She may have suffered a head or neck injury. Put her on some poultry vitamins with electrolytes--Poultry Nutri-drench or Poultry Cell are both good ones that contain both vitamin E and selenium. Those are good for wry neck. Getting her to take liquids now is more important than food. Look her legs over for any signs of bruising or swelling. She may be in shock for awhile, so keep her quiet and in dim light. Hopefully there are no internal injuries.
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2015

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