For those that may have a chicken injured with a severe cut and not know what to do, I thought I'd share the following. About a week ago I came home after having been out of town for a month (I'm in the Navy and was overseas). I was only home for 1 day and on the evening before I was leaving town again I noticed that one of my Buff Orpington Hens had a deep cut over three inches long. It wasn't infected and it could not have been too long since it happened because although it wasn't bleeding, areas were still raw and some scabs. Taking her to a vet wasn't an option (it was late Saturday night and I had to leave first thing Sunday morning), so I decided to sew her up myself. I washed the wound out with a liberal amount of hydrogen peroxide, removing any dead tissue, then i sutured her up with white cotton thread that I soaked in alcohol and a small sewing needle. I then treated the area with Neosporin, which my girlfriend repeated daily for the first few days after the "sutures" were put in. It's been over a week now, no infection at any time, some of the sutures have come out on their own, I'll take the remaining sutures out in a couple of days. The wound is healing nicely. This is not my first time doing this sort of thing, I did the same with an injured cat years ago with the same results and the cat lived a long, healthy and happy life. Other than some knowledge of first aid, I have no medical training or experience. I certainly wouldn't want someone to have to do this, however the point of the story is that if the available options are do it yourself, leave it untreated or cull the bird, you can successfully do it yourself.