So, today hasn't been much better...
I went out to check on everybody this morning, and one of my BR roos was dead. Sarge was laying there with it, plucking feathers, so I assumed he had gotten a bit too rough "playing" with it and had broke his back or something. He got scolded big time! I watched them off and on for awhile, and everything was okay, so I figured, just a fluke. I thought, "well, dummy, what was I to expect after putting in so many "new toys" for him to take care of?"
Around 9am, I had to go into town to get my sister and niece. Sis was helping me get some projects finished so I could worry less when we leave Friday. Well, when we got to the house, ANOTHER chicken was dead! Or so I thought. This time it was one of my EE's that I was going to give my sister, since she was the friendliest. I grabbed that dog and hollered "NO! BAD DOG! WHAT DID YOU DO?!" and smacked him in the schnoz with the bird. My sister yells, "She's not dead!" poor bird was just barely hanging on. The skin around her neck had been torn open and she was just limp as could be. I did the only humane thing I could think of and put her down. Now I had 2 dead birds and I was LIVID! Sarge's feelings were so hurt he just slinked around and went to pout in the corner in the shade the rest of the time we were out there.
Now comes the interesting part...sis and I got a cage finished built and the whole time we had been working, I was watching that dog like a hawk. I hear one of the birds making a fuss, so I go over to see which bird is squawking and about what. She was fine, but there was another hen laid out in the dirt, half dead! At this point, I'm like, WHAT THE HELL???!!! So I go in to see how bad she is and she has the feathers on her back pulled out and neck skin ripped open. While I'm looking her over, I notice another BR roo's neck is the same way. It dawns on me...THE BIG ROOSTER is doing this! He has never hurt another bird in his life, even the newbies!
Well there's my lesson for the day folks. I had no choice but to throw them all together yesterday (trying to save their lives from the wind) and here I've killed them. I'm so mad at myself right now and I feel so bad for scolding Sarge. I just feel miserable and sorry for myself right now. I was just sick with those 2 left alive being so torn up, but I didn't know what to do. I rounded up the 2 big roos just to be safe, then de-spurred the major culprit, then put them both in seperate cages. I made a run into town and got some Vetericin (sp) and blue spray to treat the spurs and the 2 remaining half-dead chickens. I also got some electrolyte powder. I treated the birds and put them in a carrier with the electrolyte water, but I don't know that they're drinking. I've been checking on them every so often and helping them drink. I have no hope that they will make it, but I had to try. If anyone has experienced a similar scenario, please share with me. All new comers, now you know what NOT to do; let my big stupid mistake be an example to you.