Originally Posted by Kassaundra
Nope not for me, they stay alert and looking around for me no matter how long I let them stay upside down.
OK, thanks. I read a few places where folks talked about it "putting them to sleep". In my case they pretty much just stopped struggling (mercifully), but still would look up at me fully alert like they were asking "Why am I upside down?"
Culling Cypher, Neo, Mouse (three smallest), and Dozer (body shape and Nn phenotype) tomorrow. (Note to self: AVOID naming cockerels in the future unless you know they're keepers...) Then that should be it for a while. I have a "special needs" New Hampshire pullet that I made a "deal" with when she was only a day old. She seemed blind at hatch (I picked these chicks up on day of hatch at Ideal - no mail), definitely something wrong with her. I gave her water by syringe for just a day to ensure she was hydrated, and then I let her be. I "told" her (ok, told myself) that if she could find the food and water in a crowded brooder with 24 other chicks, I'd let her live and keep feeding her. But my deal with her/myself was that if she ever seemed to need special treatment AT ALL (including being picked by other birds), that was it. No special treatment.
Well, she wasn't blind (she seems to have the chicken version of cerebral palsy - best description I can think of for the way she walks/ balances). She's small, but sticks up for herself and gets plenty to eat. Tough as nails. It's been astonishing. So, while it may not be "practical" to keep her, since she's a girl, I decided to (along with her other NH pullet friend). I tell myself it'll better balance the male/female ratio, since I don't quite have enough girls yet... Depending on their laying abilities, the may be culled later, of course.
Pizza has now arrived, locally brewed adult beverage in hand, and I'm going to catch up on some Doctor Who. Take two tomorrow...
(Again, thanks SO much, everyone! I can't respond to you all without blowing up the thread with excessive posts, but the encouragement and advice REALLY helps! @gjensen - thanks for your advice as well. I'll respond specifically once tomorrow's cull is over - I have some ideas...)
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