We have a 6-week-old pullet that appears as if it has been attacked by another bird in the brooding pen. We have a hen that had in the past been injured by one of our large roosters mounting her, tore her skin wide open on the side that closed up and healed without our assistance. However this occurred in the winter months, which seemed to have eliminated or reduced the possibility of infection. My concern is this wound is open and difficult for the pullet to keep clean due to the location. Should I treat the wound; clean it out then stitch it closed or treat it then let it heal on its own? I know full-grown chickens are quite resilient to injuries and can heal without any assistance. I have separated her from her siblings placed her in a crate in my quite office. Seems to be doing well allows me to handle her she is eating, drinking and the wound has dried. Anyone have experience with a similar injury and how did you treat it? I called a local Pharmacy that also sells medical supplies to physicians. I dont think they have surgical needles with sutures. What else could I use to close the wound? This injury occurred around dusk today, could I still clean and stitch the wound tomorrow or will too much tissue have crystallized preventing the stitches from closing the wound?