Haven't been online in a couple months sorry about that.Well, usually I am totally insane about these kinds of things and have little heart attacks, but, I feel pretty "chill" about this for some reason. haha. Anyways, before I start may I add I just got 4 New hens and these are 2 of the new. Today I was going to open the van door to let the chickens out when I felt a little peck on my leg, I look around and one of my hens apparently got left out all night! I picked her up and petted her to get her warm again, I moved my hand down from her head and felt a bump somewhere in the road. I look at her and I notice her eyes are wide and she looks like she just saw a ghost, her skin around her eyes was literally, no joke here, pulled back making her eyes giant, I put her down and she tried to run away but I grabbed her with my foot and sat down in the snow with her and looked at her head, she sure as heck got sumin' beat out of her. When I first saw all the blood and mangled feathers I got worried this just happened and maybe I was endangering myself by sitting in the woods alone with a chicken, I looked further up her head and was relieved but, also surprised to see, 1, the blood was dry, 2, she had a BIG chunk of meat sticking up, I thought, at the time, she had gotten attacked and it was simply puffing up because of infection or dirt in the animals claws/beak but, then I touched this One little tiny feather and noticed the ball of flesh moved up! She turned her head and pecked my hand and ran away, I went after her and I got her in a strong hold, I picked the flesh up again and looked inside only to see it LITERALLY I am totally serious right now, went INSIDE her head, INSIDE!I could not see her brain, no, but, I could see her throat, I didn't want to hurt her so I let it down and rushed her inside, I tried to put gauze on her head for some reason even though I knew she'd just throw it off I had to give it a chance, I put her in a carrier big enough for her to move around nicely, and gave her water, witch she hasn't touched, but, I wouldn't either if I had a hole in my head. I put a blanket over her to try to calm her by making her sleep. I went outside and found No tracks it hasn't snowed in.. 2-3 days I believe in NH so there's no "fresh" snow to cover any tracks, I opened the door to let the others out and everyone was good and stuff, then, my two roosters started randomly fighting, I tore them apart but, then they started again and one of my ducks took care of it by biting there chests. I felt it good and went inside to do some work. I fell asleep(haha), and was awoken to a "screaming" of a chicken. I went outside quickly, knowing its feeding season for the wilds, I went to the coop/van and found my silky rooster had gotten the "crud" beat out of him by my other rooster! (same two fighting earlier) Yoda, the starter, loves Marshmellow, the victim, as far as I know so, this little attack has actually got me quiet puzzled. But, this isn't about these two fighting, after taking care of Yoda and Marshmellow, I went to the van to see if any other "chaos" had been breached, and two my, now, not so surprised eyes, it had been, my chicken Cream had gotten her Head mangled! On the top of her head it appears like she had gotten her skin pulled clean off! It was clear of feather stems, broken feathers, and it was in a almost perfect SQUARE!I brought her in too and put her in a cage, she seems fine, to spite her gash.. I'm saying fine as in shes relaxing not fine as in shes gonna be fine. haha I posted this because, 1, I wanted to know if anyone else thinks this was a hawk, 2, I wanted to know if human disinfectant can be used on chickens and if not what do I use for these poor girls, 3, the hen with the hole, will she live? The hole isn't "open" to air, it has flesh over it, its... just yeah able to flap open.. The only disinfectant I have that I was wondering if I could use was Neosporin? http://songbea.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/neosporin_11341_6_big_.jpg This is the kind I have. Also, sorry if I am misspelling things, I just got over a cold passing around and I'm still a bit weak so, I'm kinda pressing letters I'm not suppose to. haha. OH, also, if it helps, my biggest rooster attacked the new girls a couple of times and I was wondering if maybe he was to rough and hurt them. He's none to attack, never could brake him, so, him attacking them is no "surprise" to me, or him causing this. He's a pretty big and strong boy, so, he's sure as heck capable of causing this.
Haven't been online in a couple months sorry about that.