Help: Treating a bird from a Hawk Attack

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Dulcijean, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. Dulcijean

    Dulcijean In the Brooder

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    I had a red tail fly under the hen house (which was mostly protected) grab the largest bird and try to eat her right there. When my husband managed to run at them, the hawk couldn't lift the hen to make a get-a-way. This happened to my silkie bantam yesterday. She is alive, but was stunned at the time. This morning it her right eye is so swollen that it appears it might be missing. It is oozing a clear fluid now. I'm not sure how to treat her. She is eating and drinking. Is there something I should give her to avoid infection?
     

  2. birdbrain2

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    i have no experiance yet, so like with any other pet/livestock i would recomend a trip to the vet. if that is not in the budget and you think it has no other major injuries and otherwise survivable i would clean the area with peroxide and wrap it in gauze and tape. maybe find some small panty hose to cover with to help keep clean, just snip the end for beak and maybe other eye. i did this for a cat i found on the side of a road and it lived. thats a good sign if its eating and drinking.
     
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  3. nzpouter

    nzpouter Songster

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    doe she make a whizzing sound when she breath?
     
  4. Dulcijean

    Dulcijean In the Brooder

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    She is breathing fine. It looks like the hawk grabbed her haed and punctured her eye. I cleaned it with peroxide as was suggested, then put tripple antibiotic ointment over that side of her face. That side is really swollen, but she seems no worse for wear. None of the bantams have any desire to leave the safety of their coop.
     

  5. DDRanch

    DDRanch Songster

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    Dulcijean,

    Re-post this on the emergency thread. Good luck, I hope she makes it.

    Anne
     
  6. Dulcijean

    Dulcijean In the Brooder

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    Thanks!
     

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