Hello everyone, I have an injured girl and I'm hoping to get some advice. We have a small flock of 12 free range girls, and last night the wind blew the door to the coop closed before they had all gone to roost. A few were stuck outside and had found other places around our property to sleep. Around 10pm, I heard a chicken making a lot of noise, and when we went outside a couple of them had come out from where they were hiding. One was fine, but the other has a huge injury on her side under her wing. Her skin is completely torn open down to the muscle and the injury is probably 5 inches long and an inch or two wide at it's widest point. She is missing all her feathers on and around the gash. I brought her inside and put her in the sink, but was afraid to rinse her off or anything. She wasn't bleeding a lot, just a few drops in the sink, so I put some honey on the wound to prevent infection and kept her in a box in the house overnight. She seemed fine when we went to bed and still seems fine today but I'm not sure what to do. She's eating and drinking (we gave her some leftover pasta which is one of their fav treats), and she's still just chilling out in the box, but I'm not sure if the injury will heal. Her skin is completely separated and our local farm vet said that chicken skin is too tight for stiches, so I would love to know if this is something she has the ability to heal from or if she's in a lot of pain and just putting on a good face. She doesn't really seem to be in distress at all, but it's so hard to tell with chickens. When I was a child, we raised chickens, but we used them for meat as well as eggs, so my dad would have likely just butchered any that had this type of injury. I have never seen how they might heal, or not, from a serious injury so I'm at a loss. Our girls are part of our family and we are vegetarians, so we want to try to help her if we can. She is a 1 year old Rhodes Island Red, and I can take a photo of the injury if that would be helpful. Any suggestions, or help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!!
P.S. We are still missing one this morning, but have the others all accounted for. Hopefully she'll turn up later, but we're afraid we may have lost her. :(