Thanks for looking. Looks like it's a busy day in this forum. My 8-year-old son noticed an injured chick in the run today and came immediately to get me. This chick was definitely not injured last night when we put them to bed. So, the injury has occurred in the last 18 hours. This is what I found: We cleaned it up a bit with warm water: (I think my 8-year-old is a Chicken Whisperer, he held this chick and nearly put it to sleep it was so relaxed!) The cut on the right side (most injured) appears straight. The blood spots on the left side appear to be spots that might have been caused by other chicks picking at this one. The bare skin is red, inflamed, and a little swollen. After cleaning it up a bit, I applied an antiseptic salve (Tea Tree oil based) hoping to sooth the skin, and help with any possible infection. I also have Triple Antibiotic cream - but was uncertain how the antibiotics might affect the chick. Hence this post. The chick has been separated from the others and is in the "Palace". It's on wire as I thought we should probably try to keep it as clean as possible. It is eating and drinking. Appears to be behaving normally, perhaps a bit subdued - but definitely not shocky or panicked. It doesn't appear to be very happy about being alone. Should I put a friend in with it? We have a Blue Andalusian packing peanut that is 1/2 to 1/3 it's size. (Of course, I'd have to catch the slippery little devil first.) We don't believe the main injury (which is quite straight) was caused by another chick. Our current theory is one of the local feral cats took a swipe at it through the run. Anyone have thoughts on a motion sensitive water sprinkler?? We're thinking that might work to keep it away - a least until we can get them moved into their permanent quarters (with a smaller mesh opening) next weekend. Hum - maybe I'll just wrap all the walls in tarp at night. That'd keep seeking paws out too. Anyway - am I on the right track?? What do you think? Thanks! .