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Hurt my a hawk

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by biteme21, Jan 10, 2016.

  1. biteme21

    biteme21 Hatching

    Sep 6, 2015
    One of my chickens was attacked by a hawk yesterday, she is in shock and all the features around her neck are gone but I can't see any blood but I can see where she's cut to the fat. Should I take her to the vet or let her heal up on her own?

  2. pattyhen

    pattyhen Chicks Ducks oh my

    Apr 20, 2007
    Take her a vet if you can. Good luck and I hope she pulls through this.
  3. CLSranch

    CLSranch Songster

    Sep 23, 2015
    NE OK
    Can you post a pic of the wound?
  4. Vickie 51

    Vickie 51 In the Brooder

    Sep 19, 2012
    [SIZE=I would take her to the vet. A neighbor's mini pincher dog was attacked by a hawk and got scratched up and the wounds became infected fairly quickly. It's not worth taking the chance.3][/SIZE]
  5. torilovessmiles

    torilovessmiles Songster

    Sep 19, 2014
    Central West Virginia
    I had a white rock attacked by a hawk about a month ago. She had wounds which I could see the muscle through, a little less than two inches wide, and she healed up within a week using a topical antibiotic and daily cleaning. She's still missing some feathers on her back, but she is okay.
    The best thing you an do for shock is provide food and water and leave them alone and quiet until they come out of it. Get the wounds as clean as you can and then handle them as little as possible. Some chickens deal with it better than others.

    If the vet is an option, it's definitely a good idea!

    I hope she pulls through!
  6. shadow rabbit10

    shadow rabbit10 Crowing

    Mar 3, 2012
    New Jersey
    This happened to my silkie last spring. There was a hole in her shoulder, missing neck feathers, and a triangular wound on her back that went into the fat. I took her to the vet and had the deep wound stitched and the smaller shoulder wound glued. She needed antibiotics (Baytril). If the vet is an option, definitely go because that is a full-depth wound and very infection-prone. Usually a non-chicken vet will be willing to do something basic like stitches (the emergency vet I went to was not a bird person but was willing to do it). If you absolutely can't go to a vet, she definitely needs antibiotics.

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