Things are going better around here.
Augustus, the chick with weak legs, seems to be doing well. He still has walking issues but they haven't gotten worse and I got him on some vitamin, mineral, probiotic mix to see if it can sort out any deficiencies he might have had. Boy does that stuff smell! I guess I should have known living bacteria would stink, but still, it reminded me of a sick cat.
Dodie, Wild Thing, Mrs. Potter, and Princess are all the proud mothers of new chicks (and are safely in separate pens to avoid any more decapitations). Wynona is should be hatching one or two tomorrow and I have one hatching in the incubator that will hopefully be ready to go out with one of the hens soon (either Mrs. Potter or Dodie, as they both only have one chick and I want my hens to each have at least two).
Keeping track of all of this isn't easy, but its still fun. I put little Augie out with his mother and siblings for the night, but he seems very happy to stay indoors with Lee and Aviator during the day. Perhaps he knows he is weak and couldn't keep up with the others. Chicks are always so stressed and afraid when they keep falling behind.
Anyways, I hope all continues to go well over here, and more and more chicks can keep hatching. (I hear the little guy in the incubator talking right now ).
Originally Posted by emvickrey
It was a beautiful pullet that I planned to keep. I have many more to choose from though. I want to keep 5 pullets and sell the rest. My grandsons brought home a very young wild turkey poult the other day. They found it by it's dead mother. In hopes of helping it survive they brought it to me. Unfortunately it didn't make it. It wouldn't eat and it acted depressed. I'm thinking it missed it's mother and just gave up. It didn't appear to be sick.
That same day a doe had gotten hit by a car by our house so we processed what meat we could get from her. We where so saddened when we gutted her and found out she was pregnant with twins. I couldn't find a heart beat in either of them. I tried to get them beating but it was too late. They both looked like they had about a week to go till their birth day. There was alot of blood in the sac so I suppose the impact killed them too. So we had too many losses around here the past few days.
I'm so sorry. That's really tough.
We found a dead cat on the road a few days ago and I couldn't help but remember how devastating it was for us when our cats were hit and nobody seemed to care. My brother pulled over and I moved it off the road, into view of the nearby houses so her owner could find her and claim her body for burial. You could tell by her nipples she was a mother, so I really hope her babies were already weaned or nearing that age. Our shelter is really filling up with kittens right now, as kitten season has just started, so hopefully they found a good home there or somewhere else.
Some animal rehab volunteers will actually drive around and check roadkill animals, like opossums, for living young in or near them. Opossums often have living babies in their pouch that can be bottle raised until they are old enough for release. In Australia you can actually find wombat carcasses with a spray paint "X" on them, signifying they have been checked for joeys in the pouch.
Originally Posted by DwayneNLiz
I'm so sorry!
it was a good idea of the boys to bring the poult to you though! they and you tried your best
i always want to cry when i see roadkill just left there, especially deer this time of year
lol, when i was in highschool- i cried when i hit a chipmunk
I'm the same way. I can't help but want to give them a little respect. However, sometimes I can't help but wonder what would happen if no squirrels or raccoons ever got hit around here. Seeing as how there are still more than enough I would think we would be over-run by now!