A week ago one of my hens was picked up and carried around a bit by our dog. The dog wasn't intending to hurt her, but she's an American Bulldog and doesn't quite know her strength (and is now no longer allowed in the backyard). Anyway, so the damage that was done to the hen was at the nape of her neck to her shoulderblades the skin was torn away. Initially when I dressed the wound I thought that the dog had bit it off, but a few days later I realized it had been balled up a bit to the side where I didn't notice it. I've been bandaging it, and treating it with diluted iodine and bacitracin ointment, and she's got a nice big box in the back bedroom to herself. So anyway, she's been healing up fairly decently for all of her skin having been torn away. My sister came over today, she's a Vet Tech and she was looking at her and said she was pretty sure that the skin that had been torn away was becoming necrotic. I imagine I need to just cut it off completely. I wish I had seen it when she was first injured, she was in a daze and I wouldn't have felt as bad about cutting it away then... but she's back to being her energetic self (even laid me an egg 3 days after the event). So, if I need to do this, I wish there was some way I could just put her out for this minor surgery. Or numb her up a bit. Or should I just DO it? I've butchered chickens before so I know I could probably do it but I'd feel BAD because it would make her continue to be in pain. Or should I just see if I can find a vet? I'd hate to pay a vet bill for a $20 chicken... but I am pretty sure if I can get this fixed she'll be fine.