Reason for question. I've seen a thread on here where a BYCer threw a towel over her chickens head and performed surgery to fix an impacted crop. I've seen another thread where a BYCer sutured an open wound on her chicken. Both times I wondered, what about anagesics for pain? Maybe chickens don't feel pain. But then I recall, I've seen posts in which people recommend culling the chicken to put the poor thing out of its misery. So, I'm confused. Do chickens feel pain or don't they? If they do, which I assume they do, how do I decide when to cull and when to attempt to save them? Does the towel over the head act like anasthesia or do they just lay there feeling every little bit of pain to paralyzed to do anything? I know that I will eventually have to make the decision to either cull or attempt to save one of my pets and would rather not wait until then to be looking for answers to these questions. I don't want to start a philosophical debate or ruffle any feathers with this post. I tried to find an authoritative response online, but wasn't successful and nothing came up on point in a search of the threads on here, although I did see someone write that chickens don't feel pain like other animals do. So I am posting this question to the members of BYC in the hopes of getting a more specific response. Thank you.