Here's the story. My Father raises laying hens and I help him out with them since I am now staying with him. Anyway last Spring he got 31 new born hens and after a couple weeks he put them in their new pen in the old house which we use as a shed now next door. That first night something came in and killed six of them (We initially thought a rat, and although it's still pretty certain it was, it could have been a mink also). All the rest except two survived without any injury whatsoever. One of the two injured had her leg rendered useless and after nursing her for a couple weeks, there was no way the leg would be of any use so my Father put her down. That leads me to the other injured hen. Basically the back of her head had a HUGE chunk of skin ripped right off. It was a pretty big and deep wound. I began cleaning the wound every day, put polysporin on it, nursed and fed her back to health. During this time she developed wry neck and didn't really do much but stand around and sleep all day. After about three more weeks of this or so I was ready to give up on her when out of the blue she came out of the wry neck, straightened up and has had no issues with it ever since. Now during that time she wasn't eating enough food as she should have and she ended up very undersized. So she's been with us since last Spring, seems in no pain anymore and lives now with the flock of five I have that free ranges all day...Basically the pet flock. Even though she is in no pain, she does have issues: !.) She is undersized. 2.)She has lost a lot of coordination when it comes to using her beak when she eats. She makes an absolute mess when she eats, as she has to peck at the food and once she gets it in her beak, wriggles her head around a bit to get it where she wants it to swallow. She has gotten better at it now, and even though she gets enough to eat, she still struggles with her coordination when pecking. 3.)She never did start laying eggs, I assume something got scrambled in her nerve and brain message center that doesn't allow her to lay? 4.)She can't jump up on anything that is higher up, including her roost area at night and I have to lift her up to her bed for her. She has no problem jumping down from it the next morning, but just can't get up there. 5.)She has to sleep by herself. If any other chickens are anywhere near her at night when she's in her bed she goes absolutely bonkers in fear. She lets out these ungodly squawks and starts running around in circles until she ends up falling down off her bed. I shouldn't laugh, but sometimes it's just funny as hell to see her do that. Now during the day she has no other issues with the other hens and interacts with them normally. It's just when she's up high on something and another hen comes near her. 6.)Other times when she feels threatened for whatever reason when not roosting she does the same thing of running in circles and squawking like crazy. Then other times like say when my cat comes around them the other hens are wary of the cat, but she actually chases the cat away from the barn now, while all the other chickens scatter. Now the one thing I am concerned about is that one of her ears since her accident produces very large amounts of wax and crusts up on the outside of her ear. She seems to like it when I wipe it away, but doesn't seems to bother her...She doesn't scratch at it much or anything else. I'm just wondering if this can be fixed or if it will be a problem for her all the time and something in her ear was affected when she was attacked. It is very foul smelling too and yellowy. What is the best way to clean the waxy, foul substance from her ear? Also does it sound like she has brain damage or would you say it is nerve damage...or a combination of both? Anyways I love her to death (her name is Denise) and if she was suffering or in pain in any way I would put her down, but she is living a pretty happy life now IMO. Oh, another thing, are there any ways I could try and help her in her ability to be able to jump up onto things like her bedding roost or will she just have sleep in areas she can access by walking only, or if I lift her up every night? Thanks.