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“Stitches the Chicken”

Before moving to an area with frigidly cold winters and an extended cold season, I kept turkens.  Turkens are a breed of chicken that lack feathering on their head and necks.  I love turkens, they’re fantastic, and I wish I could raise them here on the mountain but that would be cruel to the half-naked birds.
So one day I head out into my bird yard to put the birds up for the night and I notice something amiss with one of my turken cockerels.  Upon inspection I find a large L-shaped slice on his neck.  His skin was totally peeled back, leaving a one-inch patch of exposed neck muscle.  This was probably the first gnarly livestock injury I’d encountered.
Horrified, I called a friend who was far more seasoned in chickens than I was.  I brought the cockerel to her home.  She calmly procured a needle and thread, and with me holding the bird she artfully stitched the neck skin back into place.  The cockerel hardly flinched. I was impressed by both of them and their relative level of tranquility about the situation.  I was a nervous wreck!
My friend sent me off with a small glob of an herbal healing salve (which was probably the first salve I ever used on anything, actually) to apply to Stitches’ (as he was now called) neck each day.   After just 3 or 4 days, Stitches’ wound healed wonderfully.  With some dainty nippers I snipped his stitches and pulled the threads free of his skin.  I continued to apply the salve until it looked like he was well healed.
I have since stitched several chickens back up.  Most of them turkens.  It seems having a nude neck isn’t the most adventitious thing when you’re a paper-skinned chicken.  One bird I stitched up was mauled by a skunk and had the skin around his wings torn badly in several places.  I think the skunk had attempted to drag the young bird by the wing.  In each case the birds healed up rapidly and without complication.