So, I got some new fuzzy butts. It all happened really fast -- I called Belt Hatchery the day that I lost most of my flock (tears), and they happened to have exactly what I was looking for exactly that day. Since they ship on Wednesdays, they asked me if they could ship them out that afternoon; I gulped and said Yes. I think it was good, because the little ones have definitely distracted me from my lost girls... although I still tear up when I look at old pictures of them and think about what they went through with the fox attack. (Especially my sweetest-girl-ever, Buffy the Buff Orp... we only found her wing.)
We bought all the materials to fortify the coop, and my SO has promised to finish it this afternoon... so the chicks WILL be safe in it. It will have a floor, and hardware cloth everywhere instead of chicken wire, and we're looking into electric fence too.
Good news: The two survivors of the fox attack are doing really well! I think I'm going to steal the name L.C. (lucky chicken) from another of the members here for the one who survived 2 nights by herself... if that's okay with you
Hope, the EE who had been bitten by the fox, has been on antibiotics for the past few days and is doing A-OK. She hates being in the "hospital room" (a small cardboard box with food and medicated water) so I've been letting her out to be with the rest of the flock for most of the time, and leaving her in for a few hours by herself to drink the antibiotic water. How long should she stay on this?? She's been on it since last Wednesday.
Anyway, here are some pics of my new babies. I had one that came still "pasty" -- like her yolk sac had broken on her or something. She's been getting a little better each day, but should I give her a bath?
Here are other pics:
To hear the full story of the funeral :*( you can read at http://farming101.wordpress.com ... I don't want to make too long a post here.
Also, one of the new babies somehow broke her leg... she's in a tissue box with food and water and a gauze-and-toothpick-splint... is there anything else I should do for her? She's really small, but she's eating pretty regularly, and I really hope she makes it because I've had enough tragedy for one week!!