Fellow duck lovers, I think we are doing as well as we can, but here is a report for your comments. One of my black female runners (15 weeks old) was playing with a clip that hangs from the playpen. (The clip is for fastening the whole lot together when it is folded. It has been there since day one, but I digress.) The clip is made of heavy wire - like the wire in the playpen. Somehow while she was playing with the clip as it dangled from the fence, she must have become startled, jerked her head down hard, and rammed the end of the clip (which is bent into a tight U at the end) through the soft tissue at the edge of the mandible, about a third of the way from the tip of her bill. I won't go into traumatic details. I was able to hold Ein, she calmed down a little, and between the two of us we got her unstuck without breaking anything that wasn't already damaged. It appears that what was wounded was the soft tissue just inside the edge of the mandible. I took her into the house, held her, let her calm down (I needed the timeout, too). Then I put her in a wire dog crate with towels in the bottom, and gave her a bowl of clean water with a little ACV, to rinse her mouth and kill a few germs. I wiped her bill with clean gauze dipped in the ACV water. There were several drops of blood, nothing profuse. I smeared triple antibiotic all over the underneath of her bill. She has rinsed her bill with the water and has been drinking a bit of it. I brought in Drei, who was the most vocal calling for her (we have eleven), for company. They are now both in the crate (it can hold all eleven - it is for medium sized dogs. The crate is in the guest room. They seem pretty calm, and have been chatting with each other and occasionally calling back to the rest of the flock. I used a bright pen light and checked the outside underneath her bill. There is no sign of blood and if I did not know where the wound was I would not be able to see it. She is drinking the water just fine, the set of the jaw looks normal. She is moving it normally. She yawned and her tongue looks fine. My plan is to keep her inside overnight, where it is clean and warmer. I don't think I am going to feed them tonight. In the morning I plan to check again, and offer pellets that have been moistened to mush, and probably mashed peas. I will give them some vitamins in water. Any other ideas for me to consider?