It looked like an Alfred Hitchcock movie in there. I may have acted too quickly. I saw that Ethel was bleeding from the top of her head and quickly put her in the bathroom. The freshly painted bathroom. Ethel shook her head. Oh my, there was blood everywhere! I then moved her to a kennel. It looked like she may have snagged her comb on something, nothing life threatening but I didn’t want the crazy chicken dinosaurs to catch sight of it and come finish the job. Those kids aren’t quite right. She stayed in the bathroom (in a kennel) overnight until it scabbed over. She spends most of her time in the driveway hiding from Henry the Perv anyway. It is important though, that if you see a chicken that is bleeding that you separate them immediately. Sometimes the other chickens are the predators!
Now, everybody loves a good chicken dinner. Raccoons, coyotes, and foxes love them some chicken. Luckily, these guys work mostly at night, so that is an advantage. The chickens will put themselves to bed at night at dusk without fail. Close them up. We never go to bed without closing their doors. That is the number one way to keep chickens safe. Close them up securely at night.
I have seen more and more coyotes during the day. They came in broad daylight and took out almost an entire flock from Jill’s house. The more we move into their territory, and kill off rabbits, and mice, and prairie dogs, and everyone else, the hungrier these dogs get. Chicken looks mighty good to them. I have an advantage that even though I back to the fairgrounds, I live in town and don’t have as many predators walking down the sidewalk in the middle of the day. Once we move out further in the country, we will not be able to let the chickens run buck wild around the yard unchecked. They will have to have a larger, fenced in area to keep them safe.
Larger animals can dissuade coyotes and other predators from entering the yard. A large dog (even my old, tired greyhound), a donkey, a llama, even our ornery alpacas seem to keep outside animals out.
A good fence, larger animals, and locking up the chickies at night is the best way to make sure you aren’t feeding the neighborhood and can keep all the missies safe and laying eggs!