Originally Posted by FoxyChicken
Coffee......nooo!! I'm so sorry
You have had a run of bad luck. I swear the first year of chicken keeping is the worst. It seemed like for me it was one problem after another, but after that first year it's just been a breeze. Here's to better times ahead!
I have to agree, my first year, just last year, was terrible. This year so far has been alot better. I think it is the trial by fire... on the plus side, I learned ALOT!
Originally Posted by KlopKlop
Originally Posted by Cluckies
@KlopKlop I would probably try putting her out with the other girls directly. When they start feeling better and eating, they may slow down eating or quit if they are lonely. When you put her out there just watch and see if she starts eating and such. you don't want her away from the others too long...
Originally Posted by Minniechickmama
She is getting spoiled, time to put her out with her own kind ;)
You guys called it! i took her out to the coop and put her down with the other hens. at first she just plopped down and i was worried. I went to close up the other coop and when i came back she was rubbing shoulders with conrad and eating from the feeder. I think she probably could use the exercise in the very least. she has been in a jumbo dog kennel for a few days now. I will check in on her tonight before bed and bring her in if she needs. She is still all skin and bones so i may keep making scrambled eggs for her for a bit longer.
good idea, feel her crop at night, you should feel food in there, if not, bring her some scrambled eggs, but i'd keep her out with the others.
Originally Posted by cottonlouie
I am usually careful about where my head is in relation to the goats' heads....but today was in a hurry to do evening chores. As I was bending over my goat's head came up and I got a hard bump with her horn nubbin in the corner of my eye. It bled. Now it's swelling up and turning a lovely black and blue. My neighbor, a first responder, came over to make sure it wasn't an ER kind of injury, and it's not. Just a Christmas shiner. Good thing me and dh took our Christmas pic already!
Ouch! wow! hope it heals quickly
Originally Posted by lalaland
cottonlouie, you know,..pics of your xmas shiner! that was good timing with your own xmas pics already done. Hope it wasn't too painful and heals fast.
scandia, glad your dog is a little happier today!
The suggestion to try live meal worms was brilliant. Goldie ate a quarter of an apple today while I was at work, didn't touch much of anything else except the clover/dandelion leaves that I was picking at 4 am. She perked up as soon as I came in and was eager for the meal worms. I think she ate about a doz or doz and a half before laying down in the back, head to the corner.
They were expensive, I thought - 500 for $20. worth it though if they keep her going.
Minniechickmama I am torn about force feeding. I will probably get some into her by tiny bit by tiny bit on her beak...but first I will try getting her into the coop to see if she perks up more with other chickens. I will put a bowl right next to her kennel so she sees others eating right in front of her. That trick has worked for me before.
I've been doing some searching about dog attacks, and there was one person who had a rooster that ate and drank very little for a few weeks and recovered. Not optimal!
So, wednesday I will do another inspection to see how the wounds are doing. SHe was molting at the time of the attack, so she has feathers in various stages coming in.
Yeah, that is expensive. I got some at petco 500 for 10 bucks and thought that was bad, then I found these Meal worms much better although I paid 13.51 not 11.89 like they are now. I would also try some mashed up canned sweet potato with her, mine love that when they aren't feeling well, i usually add some powdered probiotic with it. Klop, you may want to try that as well.
glad you are starting to feel better Aussie!
Edited by Cluckies - 12/7/15 at 6:05pm