Originally Posted by uzisuzuki
He had quite the turn around today. The tips that had been discoloured had started turning red again. 1 tip looks like it will probably fall off, but he looked better (to my inexperienced eyes).
Here's something funny for the week: I bought a chicken harness. I thought it would be a nice giggle to get a harness for Sparta since she's always following me around. And because the pictures on the internet make me laugh. Sparta is my smallest, so I had to look around for a decent price & the smallest size I could find.
It showed up last night while I was cramming to finish my finals. Didn't get to try it out then. Today, I tried it out on her.
She's too small! Basically, she flopped onto her side & proceeded to wiggle & kick her way through the neck hole. She wasn't too thrilled with my great idea. I'm totally going to try it out on Odysseus later this week because someone will fit it & provide me with giggles & photo ops.
The picture of Sparta is adorable. Memnoch's comb does not look that bad to me, especially given its size. I love roosters, and I just can't seem to get rid of mine. So I have a number of them and should be an expert on combs freezing, because so many have suffered frost bite and have lost points. Your little Roo shows the affect of good care, I know that much. But I am no expert. I did not put Vaseline or bag balm on any combs and have read that it can be harmful to do so. The only cocks that consistently retain all their points are the ones I keep cooped up; the cocks not confined 24/7 show varying degrees of frostbite. The Light Sussex seem more susceptible than the Speckled. In the two years I've had them, none have become infected or sick, but it's a good thing I am not raising them for show. I think the worst thing for them is that they may suffer from loss of sex appeal (gasp!). My roosters seem to have no concern for their well-being, and I worry about them constantly. Once they've lost their points, though, I quit worrying about them, (and it becomes much easier for them to use their bucket feeders). I am encouraged to learn that your little roo is seeming to recover. And happy for you. GOOD NEWS. Good luck with your finals. What are you studying for your Degree?
I currently have two Silkie Roo's camped out on my bed with me. One is a 25-day-non-hatcher who narrowly escaped the landfill when I shut down his incubator, and the other is a mature cockerel that he raised and rescued from sure death in infancy. Pip, the first bird, seems to be blind in one eye and is uh developmentally disabled. He couldn't stand up to eat or drink for weeks and I thought each day was his last; he failed to thrive when I eventually put him out with his sibs, and I had to remove him when I found him unconscious in a mud puddle. He recovered in my lap and went on to nurse and raise a sick baby chick that was rejected by the Silkie hens - all by himself, with no help from me. He made me cry, he was such a devoted and successful mother. Today, he is still spastic and unbalanced, and his little protege is bullying him and taking over. When the sun goes down, they make a beeline from their basement to my room and fight for the spot closest to me. Pip never wins, just falls over and goes around in circles. Well, he is a sweetie, and he seems to be doing OK; he will never survive outdoors with the others, though, and I am resigned to having him as a house chicken. I guess I am blessed. The little brat he raised is going out with the others to learn some manners when it gets warm enough. Would probably make a nice pet for someone. Another reason for spring happening ASAP.
The little things that make life a joy! Need to go put them up now and make room for the Saint dog, the real owner of this bed.