Hi i would like to say All the best for the New year to all members. I started keeping my own chickens in March this year. Since this time i have had 1 chicken fight off an attack from a staffordshire bull terrier. She broke her leg, I knocked her out and splinted it with some broken pencils and surgical tape. She is now fine walking around with a slightly odd gate but happy and one of my best layers. I have had another trap her foot in the gate which made it bleed badly. I cleaned the wound with TCP and put a plaster on it. I secured it with surgical tape too. That chicken started to get hen pecked badly and now they leave her alone due to the TCP perfume i put on her. I have found melon is excellent for helping chickens recover it gives them food and water at the same time. You can also sprinkle any antibiotics on it and the melon soaks it up. I love my chickens they are like pets that give back. I play them classical music in there shed. And they seem very happy. Happy new year Avianator.