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Injured fantail "sparrow hawk" Help

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by danielsims, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. danielsims

    danielsims New Egg

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    I woke up this morning to the alarm of my chickens going crazy and a clowd of white feathers :( a sparrow hawk was eating my male fantail alive from the rear end, the hen is sat on two eggs that are due to hatch this week, how will she cope as as a single parent? ive disinfected the area bandaged it up an put him in a warm dark area of the house, the wound is pretty serious but i have faith in the little guy, any advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you x [​IMG]
     
  2. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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  3. husso

    husso Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Daniel its going to be negative but that wound is very serious and it looks un stichable due to it being so wide the chance of its survival is very low but best of luck mate what i advise is clean the wound twice a day and put minimal ointment onto it dont leave it in a dark area do the oppisite leave it in a lighty warm area that has air going into leaving it in the dark will cause stress also it will get infected by maggots
     
  4. danielsims

    danielsims New Egg

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    Thanks for your advice guys, hes still alive but looks more sleepy which obviously isnt a good indication, yesterday he wouldnt drink but today he has, the last thing i want is to keep him alive if hes suffering, but i dont want to give up on him because the hen will struggle :( ahh..
     
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  5. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could get vitamin drops, and natural antibiotics and painkillers ext like "vet Rx".
     
  6. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    I can't see the wound real well because I am on my phone, but, I am pretty sure that even if he lives, he will not be able to help the hen with this clutch. He is going to be needing to put all of his energy into healing.

    Good luck with him and the clutch of eggs!
     
  7. danielsims

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    Thanks so much for the response everyone, but hes sadly just died :(.. Theres not much different i could of done, but any advice on the single hen and eggs would be appreciated, cheers people x
     
  8. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    It hard to evaluate an injury through a photo. To be completely honest. My first instinct on viewing the photo was to tell you to cull him. I would start looking for a cock fantail to replace the one you lost. I hope she is able to raise her clutch but I think the odds are now against you. Wishing you the best back yard buddy.
     
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  9. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed layer feed for extra nutrition and easily high digestibility.
     
  10. danielsims

    danielsims New Egg

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    Day 17 and the hen stopped incubating the eggs, typical! But probably for the best, ive got another cock bird and they are pairing up very well, turns out they move on just as quick as humans haha
     

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