I have a dear 6-month-old BO pullet who somehow injured her leg & has had a swollen hock joint for about a month. She can barely put any weight on it, and just hops around on one foot. The boys have named her "Skipper". I spoke with a vet who came to judge our poultry club's show last night, and brought Skipper for him to see. He said I should cut & drain the infection out, squirt Neosporin in it, and it should get better. He did show me the place where there seemed to be the most swelling, told me where to cut. But you know how it goes, you always think up more questions after the doctor leaves. I'd like to tend to Skipper's injury asap, but can't contact the vet over the weekend. So please, if you have any experience or advice, please share your wisdom! This is what I planned: To cover an outdoor table with a plastic bag, wrap Skipper in a towel so she won't move around, leave her injured leg exposed. Have someone hold & try to soothe her while I'm working. Wash her injured leg before cutting (with what?). Wear plastic gloves, use a large-bore hypodermic needle to pierce & drain the abscess (think that's the best tool to use?). Schmear lots of antibiotic ointment in & around the joint, keep her in the hospital cage while she recovers. The vet said not to wrap the leg after cutting & draining, but to leave it open to air. He also didn't recommend oral antibiotics. Anyone know of good foods to give to promote healing? Skipper & I thank you!