Well, I guess it was inevitable that I would sooner or later have to doctor a chicken for something or other. When I went to check on the girls this evening 2 were sitting on the roost and 1 was scratching the ground. When I walked up to the pen the 2 on the roost hopped off and there was a little puddle of blood on the ground and on the roost. It was quite a good glob of blood but I didn't panic, after all ... nobody was laying on the ground. Anyhow, since Justina was scratching I figured it wasn't her ... so I grabbed the first sister to check her out and lucked out in it being her. It was one of her foot feathers ... I think one of the new feathers coming in (are these called blood feathers???) Anyhow, after gently separating the surrounding feathers I found the split one. Part of the feather was still there and I thought I remembered reading that if a feather breaks and bleeds like that that you had to remove the whole sleeve and remaining feather ... so I did. It came off VERY easily, I don't think it was hanging on by anything. Anyhow, it was still bleeding a little so I took some flour and patted it around the little nub that was left after taking the feather off. It stopped bleeding right away and she was happy to go back with her buddies. So, first chicken doctoring experience IN THE BOOKS! Thank goodness it wasn't anything serious.