Hey all, I'm writing not from home this time but from my college. I go to a work college (Warren Wilson) with a large operating farm. We have a huge chicken tractor following our cattle around that houses 200 something laying hens (NH Reds, Barred Rocks, Buff Orps). This morning I was doing a favor for the poultry crew and bringing water out to the tractor. We found a NH Red hen who had half closed eyes, head drooping, feathers fluffed up. Her crop was empty. On her back side is a tennis ball sized lump that has a 3 inch long laceration on it that is really surrounded by dead tissue. It is not oozing, it smells a little but not awful. The wound then enters her thigh about 3/4 of an inch, also surrounded by necrotic tissue. I don't think it was an animal attack (we have guard roosters and close everyone in at night in a secure coop), the cut is of not typical of a bite. I almost think she might have gotten snagged on something sharp in the coop? We brought her into the heated shop and set her up with water and a little warm mash. Once she warmed up she began to drink on her own. She seems a little more lively now. My plan is to try and cut the necrosis off as best I can and see if there is a possibility of sewing her up. The lump is what concerns me most. It doesn't quite feel like an abcess, but I cant be sure. If it is an infection, what are the best antibiotics to use? I'll try and get a pic up later, for now, if you could offer tips that would be great. ~Virg & the Warren Wilson Farm Crew.