I can't get that multi button to work! Anyway...
Thanks. I'll put a radio out there for now. Although I haven't seen that fox since the attacks. Darn thing probably knows my neighbors aiming for him.
I'm with you. Bees make me jumpy. I wonder if those fake hives work to keep the nests away? I'm going to try hanging some under the kids slide. They always tend to hang out there.
So for the update on my chickens and maybe a little perspective from those that don't mind offering:
My rooster is eating yogurt and scrambled eggs and drinking water as long as I hold his head up for him. He continues to stand on his legs with the top of his head on the ground. At times he'll move around his hut while trying to lift his head. It's more of a head flip as he can't lift it more than an inch or so. I'm not sure I'm doing right by him. I've checked him thoroughly and I can't find anything wrong other than a few feathers on his neck that are missing. No open wounds, nothing protruding. I tried making him a neck brace, but it did nothing for him. I keep a rolled towel under his neck to keep his face out of the bedding.
My maran seems to be getting much stronger. She's alert. She can stand and walk a short distance. I found that out when I was getting her another syringe of water and she stood up, turned, and walked back into her hospital cage. Her right wing seems to droop a bit when she's standing up straight, but it doesn't seem to bother her. She'll eat on her own. All I have to do is put her dish in front of her. But I can not for the life of me get her to drink! I literally have to pry Her beak open and squirt the water in with a syringe. All the while she's giving me the stink eye. I don't know what to make of that. Why won't she drink? Her wounds are scabbing nicely. No sign of infection. Her poop looks normal. So far so good.
What are your thoughts about my rooster? Do you think it's possible for him to heal, maybe not completely, but enough for him to rejoin the flock? Or am I just prolonging his misery. I'm not sure how aware he is of his surroundings. Most of the time his eyes are closed unless I'm feeding him. Then he'll usually open his eyes for a bit. I'm at a loss to decide what is best for him. I'd appreciate any input.
My friend had a rooster that couldn't lift his head like that. If I remember, he had gotten in a fight with another roo. No wounds. He eventually could eat by stabbing at his food. He could stand, but only for maybe 30 seconds. He finally died, on his own, after 3-4 weeks. She kept thinking he was improving, but I think it was wishful thinking on her part.
My sister, who lives in PA, has delved into the world of poultry. She got 8 ducklings and 5 chicks. This is someone who has never had a bird, or wanted any. She's doing her homework on building the coop, but is fighting her husband, who doesn't think predators will be a problem. For the first time ever, as they stood in the yard the other day, they saw a fox walk across the property. I told them, the fox got the memo about poultry being on the place. We should all buy stock in hardware cloth!