Goldie update, on yesterday, Day 12:
Yesterday she ate mealworms happily. Some scattered grains in the dry grass lining her coop. A little apple.
Researched and found on byc a bunch of hens savaged by dogs with similiarly horrific injuries. And guess what? Many won't eat anything for a couple of weeks but: watermelon or apple, grass or kale, and mealworms. Isn't that interesting? And then they gradually start eating other stuff, often around day 15-20.
Who knew? And also, it appears dog attacks are about the number 1 predator by far, which makes sense because the number of dogs near chickens has to exceed any other predator.
So, I spent hours on amazon trying to find the right worm purveyor and ordered 1,000 more meal worms. could not find the link on this thread to the worms...I think I will go to the grocery store and get a melon, wouldn't you think melon would work just as well as watermelon, except for not being red? I'm thinking no watermelon in the stores this time of year.
Goldie clucks to the other chickens, is leery of the boss hens (being an ee, she is fairly low on the totem pole), and while moving stiffly doesn't show signs of bad pain, that is she isn't panting, and her eyes aren't dilated. I am sure she doesn't feel good. She does flap her wings, stretch, and grooms a lot (molting).
So I am a little relieved, and optimistic. Somewhere around xmas, she should be able to leave her kennel and really rejoin the flock. I will have to bring her in for a good round of bluekote to protect some wounds but most are under her wings. And I believe with colder weather coming, I'll hit the thrift store for a baby shirt to put on to help with a little warmth because of all the bald spots. we'll see.
Edited by lalaland - 12/12/15 at 5:44am