Hello there, I have been reading the forums off and on for years, but only now felt compelled to create an account. This afternoon one of my kids noticed one of our hens had something wrong with her. When I got home, I looked and saw a small 2cm laceration a couple inches below her cloaca. The area is swollen and hot, but the worst thing was that chicken innards were protruding. I suppose it was small intestine, but didn't really look or smell like that (I have slaughtered chickens). At any rate, I cleaned the area off as best as I could with what I had on hand (hibicleanse) and used some sterile lubricant to get the swollen innards back inside. Then I sutured the skin closed, careful not to prick the intestines. I am a midwife, so I happen to have this stuff laying around..... We put antibiotics in the water and plan to separate her from the flock tomorrow. I guess I am wondering what the heck is going on and what the chances are that she will pull through. I have pieced together chickens after a racoon attack and had them pull through, but this seems different. Obviously if her intestines ruptured or necrotized she will likely die. But why is that area so heavy and swollen? What do you all think the chances are that she won't die? She is second to the bottom in the pecking order of 4 urban chickens. They have a decent sized run, and though I see the top chicken pecking at her to keep her away from choice meal worms and such I have never seen anything more than a warning to get away. There is probably an hour or two of daylight before we wake up to let them out of the coop and that is the only time I think she might be being pecked. Thanks for any thoughts or advice. I am not typically sentimental about my chickens, but this one is my favorite and I don't want her to die! We can't seem to find our isolation cage, but hope to figure out something to separate her tomorrow.