Well hatching went.. okay, I guess? We've had less than half the babies hatch, and about a third of the ones that did hatch have died. Not entirely sure what's up with that. A big portion (if not all) of the babies that have died had their faces at the wrong end of the egg. Many of the babies didn't have egg teeth or had severely lacking ones. It's been really depressing because it seems like at least one dies every day, and it's usually my kids who discover its body. None of the turkey eggs were fertile, and a surprising number of chicken eggs weren't either. You'd think with so many roos here, the job would have been more than done, but I guess they're just too busy giving each other the stink eye to do their jobs.
I have one formerly-healthy chick that apparently slipped and really threw its legs out. I've tried the band-aids but nothing helped. If anything, that made it worse, and I think I'm going to have to cull it because it just isn't eating and can't get around. Unlike normal splay-leg, this poor chick has its feet by its face, so while the band-aid could keep the feet the requisite distance apart, it couldn't keep the legs under the chick, so the chick just kept kicking itself in the face. Poor baby
I'm going to have to get some Denagard or just cull everything at this point. I'm super sick of finding sick birds. Don't get it. Can't find these birds other homes until I get this nipped in the bud, and that may take a lot of expensive drugs (after already spending hundreds of dollars in student loans trying to kill this illness and the other ones the poor things came in with), warmer weather, and a really thorough cleaning.
I don't think anything's going to work for Saphira or the CX. They need tools I simply don't have, aren't likely to make a good recovery because they're meat birds and their weight simply puts too much pressure on their feet, and they aren't likely to live terribly long anyway even if I could afford the exotic vet to "do the job right". I don't like them suffering, but I'm just not able to kill them myself after putting in so much effort for so long to try to get them better. The medicines and treatments are too costly and I just don't have the training, help and equipment to do their surgeries the way they would have to be done (for instance, with anesthesia, because doing this level of surgery without anesthesia is not only cruel but proving impossible because these girls are just too heavy and powerful for me to handle).
On the bright note, the quail have started laying! These eggs look like malted milk balls!