I have been lurking on this forum since we got our hens just over a year ago. I have searched, but can find nothing similar to what we are experiencing with one of our hens and want to ask advice of you knowledgeable folks. We currently have ten hens. One is a Buff Orpington just over a year old. She appeared back in the coop one night a few weeks ago with a wound hear her tail on the right side. We know some of the other hens were pecking at it at first, but they have since stopped and it looked like it was healing. Now, she is limping and holding her right foot off the ground when she is not using it. It shakes when she holds it raised. She is eating and laying and does not seem to be distressed. We see her with the other hens often and they do not appear to be pecking at her. I dusted her yesterday with a lice / mite powder in hopes that it would deter both parasites and the other hens. My assumptions are this: 1) Her wound may have been some sort of predator, but we don't know what kind. 2) Her wound may have initially been caused by the others pecking at her, but the wound ended up large enough that I doubt they did it all on their own. The wound was egg-sized (ironically) at its worst. 3) She is OK as long as she is eating and laying with no problems. I've just been worried about her and want to make sure I am not missing something here. Does she just need more time to heal? Any advice for a relatively new chicken owner?