Hi everyone. We just started our chicken adventures. We got several feather footed bantams and a few other assorted breeds. My concern is that my daughter had her ferret out playing and it grabbed one of the chicks. We couldn't see any injuries at the time. The ferret is the most mild mannered and tames I've ever known. She actually just sniffed and seemed like she was just going to be friends. But instinct got the better of her. My point is, it wasn't a serious bite, and like I said, we couldn't see broken skin. Well, now a couple days later, she has a large abscess in the area, which looks pretty big and is really tight. I'm thinking we will have to Lance it. I've been reading other accounts of these things. And I think I know what to do. Here's my plan: Clean the area well and apply iodine. Make a small cut near the center (unless I can locate a scab, where the injury occurred) drain well. Maybe flush with 1/2 strength peroxide. Then just apply neosporin and keep the wound clean for several days, rinsing inside the empty abscess, gently, with peroxide solution and reapplying neosporin. Sound about right? One of them had a problem pooping before we got them, and when we got them home we noticed poop built up around her bum. Clumping feathers and the skin was very irritated and bleeding. We pulled the clump off and cleaned her bottom up. Kept neosporin on it and she's doing great today. She's got a little bald booty, but it's starting to grow back. So, I feel fairly confident about caring for our feathered babies. Though I've never dealt with a large abscess on anything. Never cut anything open to drain it.... anyway, thanks for any input. Wish us luck. I'm planning on doing this tomorrow.