one of the hens got sneeky and tried to sleep in the barn instead of the coop. something got her and ripped her up pretty bad. there is a huge open gash that comes pretty close to loping off her whole tail. dh found her out hiding in the snow last night. big problem is she is extremely active and alert. she is not taking being messed with or held down for anything. it was all I could do to hold her down in the sink and wash the wound well myself. dh has an extremely weak stomach and cant/wont help me. last night if I could have stitched her up myself I think her chances of a fairly pain free survival would have been quite good. I even tried wrapping her in a towel to stitch and there was no doing that and I was only pissing her off and stressing her more. currently she is in the basement in a dog cage, she is eating drinking and complaining up a storm when I mess with her. I have her on paper towels and this morning put a heat lamp (chained to a beam, no chances of falling) above her because it is extremely cold down there and she was shaking. some warm water and warm scrambled eggs and the heat lamp and she was no longer puffed and shaking after a few min. what should I do? can she heal and survive a huge gash without stitches? I am willing to let her live in the basement for as long as needed. the would is now getting dried and starting to scab over, the chances of stitches working is dropping drastically. and no, no one I know either has the stomach or is "farmy" enough to hold a chicken down for me. is this survivable and is it fair to make her try? dh wants to know what I can sedate a chicken with I am fairly sure nothing and if I tried it would only kill her.