One of the Shire-folk
- Apr 14, 2009
Last night my family got home from church, and I was so exhausted and worn out I asked my Dad to put the chickens in for the night. He did, and he thought he counted nineteen. (Which is how many chickens we're supposed to have.) I got home this evening and went to shut them in for the night and to my great dismay, we were missing our first-laying hen. I then realized another chicken had a bloody rear end, and at first thought it might be prolapse (is that even what it's called????), but quickly realized it couldn't be, because it was the rooster. When I looked to check him, I saw a big, painful-looking wound on his tail. He only had one tail feather left (and he was growing such a pretty one), and most of the feathers around his tail were gone. It looked like someone had taken a snap at his tail, caught him, and lost him. It's no longer bleeding, but it's open and horrible, and as much as we love him, we can't take him to the vet. I've isolated him in a large dog kennel with wood shavings, a feeder and a waterer. I didn't give him a perch, because I didn't want him to hurt himself or something. Am I doing this right? Is there anything else I can do? Is he going to die? As far as I know, we've already lost Gertie.