Update on Dumbledore the hero rooster. We're 5 days out form the attack and he's doing very well, bounced back quickly. Please don't laugh, but per the vets' suggestion, he has now had "hydrotherapy" (warm water spray over his wounds) two days in a row, followed by being blown dry - and he LOVES it - it's like he's having a day at the spa. (And yes, it is helping the wounds - he got scraped up pretty badly.)
Anyhow, the reason I bring it up is because through the bath and blow drying, it has become clear exactly how many feathers he lost - he lost a LOT, even more than I thought, along outer surface of both legs and thighs, much of both wings, back of neck and part of upper back, ENTIRE right chest/side, and entire back half of body. (My neighbor had thought multiple chickens had been killed from the number of feathers, so that fits, I suppose). He is starting to grow little fuzz feathers back on his tail nub and back body (looks like a bunny rabbit), but meanwhile, given that this is January, I need to support him the very best I can to not only heal but grow back those feathers as soon as is possible - so, like an extreme winter molt.
He's on Flock Raiser, plus he gets his abx in a scrambled egg every day (divided into two doses). I put some mealworms in his food bowl as a treat, and he has one of those "treat" blocks hanging in his crate to keep him occupied - it consists of mealworms and hulled sunflower seeds.
Any other ideas on added nutrition for feather reconstitution for him? (I guess this could all be rephrased as "What do you do nutrition wise with an extreme molt in the winter time?")
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