Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks
People have been asking me about Storm, so today, although I normally put up a quote, I’ll leave you to enter the weekend with some good news.
We named our little injured chicken Storm because she’s such a trooper. Get it? It’s a nod to my Star Wars Geeks.
Yesterday, I wasn’t sure if Storm was going to pull through. I had been feeding her bits of vegetables and grapes in an attempt to keep her poop loose but in the afternoon she stopped eating and drinking anything.
When I inspected her butt, I saw that although the wounds were healing, there was some significant damage to her vent area and the scabbing had restricted her ability to push out her poop. What poop she did push out was drying in place creating even more of a restriction. She was so impacted that scabs were ripping open and bleeding in the effort. Poor little thing.
This, of course, meant that in the early evening right before Halloween trick or treating started, I was giving my little Storm a warm butt bath and trying to ease away the dried poop. It was pasty butt to the extreme.
This morning, I’m happy to report that Storm has had several large poops (I feel like a mom with her first newborn) and she is back to eating food and drinking water. She is also back to roosting in my office and watching me as I type (I think she likes the sound of the keys) and listening to a Jewel CD that if I try to turn off, gets her very agitated.
Oh well, it’s a small price to pay for what looks like a little one who may be well on her way to mending.
As always, peaceful weekend everyone, health and happiness (and safety) to your flock.
Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com
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