OMG! It's a wonder how our pets survive so long with all the mistakes we make with them! I had a Silkie that I thought was molting because her scalp was bald but then I noticed her walnut comb was disfigured/chewed. I wasn't aware that a bully Marans was roosting next to her and chewing her up - I felt so guilty not noticing or understanding what was going on but that Marans was re-homed immediately when we saw her terroring the new Silkie too!
This is the Silkie at 6-mos-old and still had her crest/comb because we didn't have the Cuckoo Marans yet
About 3 months later after we got the Marans the Silkie started missing her crest and tail and body fluff but I still didn't realize she was being chewed by the roosting Marans! I thought the poor little dear was molting and never saw her comb under her crest before so didn't realize that the comb was misshaped too - I could kick myself for not knowing it was the nasty Marans doing all this damage!!! Only God's Grace saved this little girl since I was such a stupid owner!
This was the final result of the damage done by the Cuckoo Marans who also decided to outright viciously attack a new Silkie pullet we had added - who also had a few crest and body feathers missing too. That was my "aha" moment to realized the bully Marans was terrorizing BOTH Silkies! I hate Marans so much that I will never have another one in my yard as long as I live. I had a White Leghorn with my Silkies and Leghorns are supposed to be cannibalistic yet I have never seen anything as vicious as that Cuckoo Marans. Our friends re-homed their Black Copper Marans as well because they were aggressive with their flockmates too.
A vet could've easily fixed PJ's leg. Probably still could with surgery. My DD spent $5000 saving her dog. I wouldn't do it but then DD never had children and her pets are her babies and she can't help feeling responsible for an animal in her care. There's a breeder who has a chicken that lost a wing in an injury and she keeps her in-house because outdoors if she loses her balance she can't get up again and the roos take advantage mating her because she can't fight back. It's a lot of responsibility having a pet indoors but a disabled pet really takes a lot more work. GL with PJ! She is really sweet.
That poor baby!!! Chickens remind me a lot of teenagers lol. They can be so mean to each other!! Everyone seems to like marans for some reason, but they really don't do anything for me lol, especially if they are mean.
I wish that I had money to afford surgery for PJs but I'm sure that would be several hundred bucks, and I don't even know of any vets around here that would work on a bird. I am all about taking care of my animals, but sometimes my pocketbook does not cooperate. I have a son who is autistic and between all his doctor visits and medicine and stuff, he eats up most our extra money. I know vets have to make a living, but sometimes I wish they had a sliding scale lol, that would be amazing. I looked up avian vets and the nearest one is in dallas which is 2.5 hours away and being in dallas I'm sure they are high priced..... sigh. We used to have a good ol country vet down the road that worked on all manner of farm animals, for cheap too, but she has retired sadly.
I don't really know what else to do other than keep her safe, happy, and as comfortable as possible. I mean i guess it could be worse, she could have lived with someone who said that is too much work, off with her head! Then she wouldnt be inside eating mealworms and tortillas! All my family jokes and says I should just put her in the crockpot, but there aint enough PJs there to feed anyone, besides she is too sweet to eat!