One of my Pekin Bantam hens was attacked by a cat on October 11th. She sustained a bite wound to her right rear neck/ear flap, and a good two inch laceration in her chest. Our avian vet stitched her up and she was put on Sulfatrim [antibiotics] and Metacam [for pain]. She spent a week and a half in the house which she disliked. She also refused to eat, so we had to syringe feed her. Understandable right after the accident, but the problem is that 4 weeks later she still doesn't eat well. Her weight checks have gotten worse even though her wounds have healed nicely and she's completed her meds. I still syringe feed her [20ccs in the morning] with poor results as I fear the trauma I'm causing to her by the feedings plus trips to the vet is doing more harm than good. It really seems to set her back a little each time. At this point I can't afford any more expensive procedures - each gavage is $50.00 and her surgery and treatment was over a $1000.00. I feel awful but I'm wondering if I should simply let nature run it's course. At least she seems happy to be back in her coop and free-ranging in the garden with her sister.