One of my poor 9 week old bantams was picked up by a neighbor cat and carried over the fence to another yard! Luckily the landing or my demonic sounding shriek caused the kitty to release her and she escaped with what seems to be a medium sized wound (about the length of the tip segmant of my pinky) Are Epsom salts safe to flush a chicken wound with? The only other safe option I have is sea salt saline, which Research tells me is good for flushing but not killing germs. Epsom salts have some germ killing ability so I was hoping to use an Epsom flush if possible. It is just to keep my poor chicky clean until the bf brings home iodine and blue-kote. Also, would it be a good idea to trim the feathers around the area to prevent infection or leave them for protection? I would cover the area with a bit of gauze if I did to prevent pecking, and later use the blue-kote to cover the red. Please help! I'm so ashamed that I wasn't prepared with chicken first aid items, I should know better!