I hoped I wouldn't be one to post this!! Dog...chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mrsengeseth, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. Oh boy, this morning was a doozy. I started by waking up from a bad sleep. Couldn't get comfortable. I am not complaining , just setting the scene. I was already groggy, tired, and miserable. So I no further get dressed than I hear screaming. DS1 is screaming, DD is screaming. In the midst of it all I notice Hunter, our border collie, hasn't been let into his run (potty area). I look over and see the source of the commotion. Hunter has Dizzy (barred rock) in his mouth. He is carrying her around and the kids are horrified. I am mad (yes, I know dogs eat chicken. but still, these are pets...not a food i bought for the dogs. I will work more on training. ). So i get him to drop her (fearing the Dizzy is dead) and I get him into his run and give him a toy to squeak and some fresh water breakfast and all that stuff. Dizzy is laying out on the ground, stiff like a rock. I pick her up and hold her to me (not a cuddle, just holding onto her...at this point, I know she's dead.) Then I hear it. My chicken purred at me. I look down and she's blinking...stunned. and Her body relaxes. Holy hannah, the chicken is alive! I gather supplies to see what i can do to help her. I check her all over. No punctures. Smells like dog breath, but no punctures. I get a dish tub and put a towel in it. I set her inside and giver her a sponge bath so I can check her legs, wings neck, etc. By now she's panting and shaking. Shock. So I dry her off and put a heating pad on medium under the dish tub she's in. I cover her up to darken her area to calm her down. Her breathing relaxes. Aiden finds a moth and gives it to her. She eats it. Good sigh, eh?? Then she settles down, tucks herself in to her fluff and naps. I think to myself she's got a 50-50% chance of waking up. I walk away to do household chores. An hour later I go to check on her...She's standing and pecking around her tub for food!! I can't believe it. After all that, she's fine. Resilient little booger. She is now in her run. The other girls are cooped up for now. I gave her a cat carrier to hide in if she wants. But apart from some broken feathers and stories to tell her grandchicks, I think she's gonna be fine.

    All in all a happy ending! [​IMG]
  2. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    I sure wouldn't have given that dog a chew toy! I'd have been screaming my head off....Bad dog, stupid mutt....etc, etc....and he wouldn't have gotten a toy for a long time after that!!! LOL!!! Glad your chicken is okay, hope she gets over the shock all right!
  3. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    oh jeeze...
    I'm so glad that Dizzy's okay.
    I wouldn't have rewarded doggie with a chew toy though either...s/he did wrong.
  4. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    [​IMG] [​IMG] I love happy endings!!!!
    I bet Hunter thought you needed some fuzzy-butt therapy, and was just bringing the chicken to you... [​IMG]

  5. He won't be getting to the girls again. Tha't s for sure. I am wiring up my electric fencing today.

    Giving him something else to chew on that IS acceptable vs something that ISN'T. It's much like taking away mom's lipstick from a child and giving them crayons. You CAN play with this. And removing the thing they can't play with...you CAN'T play with this. Same idea, obviously a different scale.

    I am so glad Dizzy is ok. I am sure I looked like a nut, crying over Dizzy while bathing her and checking her out. Probably freaked her out too. She's getting extra special treats after I get back from the Farmers Market this afternoon. I carried the poor bird around for a bit. Enough that she was getting annoyed. So she went to her run and has the kennel to hide in if she wants. I keep checking on her and she looks to be well...concidering.

    Hunter, however, will be doing his obedience drills most of the day.

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