thanks. i may not reply to all the well-wishers out there, but i do appreciate the sympathy.
and i agree, every now and then one comes along and you're hooked again.
no idea why, but i've got a few that were doing fine inside, went out to the baby pen, and all of a sudden, they're NOT doing good...
had a little girl last weekend, nicknamed "weeble". she couldn't stand up straight, kept flopping to the side, but wouldn't give up trying (don't know if it was related to the raccoon attack, since i found her that morning). so weeble went back into the brooder with 'spin cycle' my special needs coturnix quail (now an ONLY quail unless some eggs i set prove fertile) and the 2 guineas, who were being harrassed by the other chicks. well, the 2 guineas snuggled to either side of weeble, kept her propped up (next to the feeder) and she ate... and ate... and ate... i swear her crop was bigger than the rest of her. LOL several days later she's back to normal (but still acting starved). so now she gets to 'momma' 2 red dorking chicks who were also doing quite well until i noticed today they were just crying and crying... so they're back inside now too. and eating like they haven't had food in a month... makes me wonder who the bully in the baby pen is. possibly the 4 EE's but they're going home today. so then my cochins can have peace again. 8) and the guineas are back outside now and seem to be holding their own.
then there's the 'drowning victims' LOL 2 mille/calico cochin pullets who seem to be incapable of drinking from the pond without falling in at least once every 2 days... and instead of walking out, they stand on the ramp, still in the water, and just cry. LOUDLY! yeah it gets my attention, then they get a nice hot bath to warm back up, and blowdried and put back in the brooder for a few hours to make sure they're ok... i think they do it on purpose.
and my 'supermomma' black broody cochin is outside now, with her 5. my older self blue that she adopted after the raccoon incident didn't make it. after checking him over thoroughly, i did find a couple small puncture wounds on his wing, so I'm guessing the stress/damage was too much for him.