Hi all, I've been by this site on numerous occasions to browse the forums for advice, and now I have an issue that I need individual help with! "Tangy," my Americauna, had an encounter with a raccoon last night. My husband managed to scare it before it could do more damage than it did. It turned out that it tore open the thigh skin badly, and there are two small cuts to the muscle. I trimmed the feathers, irrigated it with sterile saline, and smeared on Polysporin. Then I stitched together the skin with a sewing needle and dental floss soaked in vodka, and smeared with Polysporin again. I have no idea if any of this was sensible, but I figured she would not possibly heal if I left it alone, and a huge vet bill wasn't an option. She was eating grubs out of my hand after the procedure, and I have her in a dog crate. My question is: Is it essential and urgent that she get antibiotics, or could I wait and see? She's a laying hen, so I wouldn't be able to eat her eggs anymore if I did. Of course, I would rather that she didn't die!! Any tips or thoughts related to this would be appreciated! I have spread a good bit of Cayenne pepper around the yard to deter the raccoon, but I'm also going to call Animal Control. Me: I have three lovely laying hens- a Rhode Island Red, Blue Wyandotte, and (hopefully) an Ameraucana. They forage in my very wild vegetable garden/orchard during the day and get tons of yummy bugs and greens!