Howdy ya'll! I used to post under the handle LadyKyro I don't know if anyone would remember me because I haven't been here in forever but the basics are that I have 14 chickens, all pets ranging from French Marans, Aracaunas, Red Stars, A cochin, a frizzle/silkie, barred rocks and buff orphingtons. Last year my dog killed my Champion Barred Rock Hen [and the first chicken I had ever owned]. My mom left her outside unattended for a half hour, so it's really not her fault she had nothing better to do. It was horrible and LiLo[my dog] and I had a discussion about the chickens and how she wasn't supposed to even look at them or she would die, and we wouldn't leave her outside unattended.. We had a pretty good understanding in the beginning and things have been fine for a year and a half. We then aquired a Pekin Drake and one night I went to put the chickens away and Egypt the only barred rock hen I had left [and 2nd chicken ever owned] was coming in and her comb was half hanging off of her head. I had to take her to the clinic I work at and cut it off [which was horrible in itself] she wouldn't stand still enough for me to give her some lidocaine.. I felt horrible. Anyway I packed it with tons of quik stop and she's been great, she got a big scab on her head and healed up fine. She's been seperated from the rest of the chickens free roaming the whole yard so she won't get beat up. Two weeks ago I went to put her away [she stays out all day and does go in with everyone at night] her back looked weird and I was thinking that it was a weird place to be molting, just there, and I lifted her feathers and basically LiLo had grabbed her and ripped a chunk of her feathers and skin out! I was freaking out because when I think of chicken skin, it's so thin you really don't think it's repairable. I brought her into work the next day and the doctor put her under, sewed her skin together and put a drain in. She had to stay at the clinic for 2 weeks, 1 week to have the drain flushed, another week to keep things clean and continue antibiotics. I had to flush the drain twice a day, give her Baytril twice a day. You can do injections but I didn't think she'd let me do it so I did oral baytril 22.7mgs disolved in water with watermelon flavoring and for the most part she took it, I just dribbled it on her beack. Towards the last few days I crushed it up and put it on pieces of watermelon. So firstly, if ya'll ever wonder about antibiotics and chickens, they can have baytril! Anyway, am I nuts?!?! If I didn't work in a vet clinic I doubt I would pay to have her go into surgery... I would have euthanized her, but she's been through so much and she's SUCH a great, friendly hen. She was great for me to treat her, but then again I've handled her since she was teeny weeny... I mean she used to ride on my bike handle bars... Anywho I just thought I'd share her story. I wish I had pictures but I didn't think to grab any... she's healing up well and might get her stitches on Friday! Here's a picture of Egypt [hen with flopped over comb] with her comb. Here's a blurry picture the day after I removed her comb. She was running for food lol.