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Oh yeah and introducing "LUCKY" (long,pics)

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Moonwalker, May 7, 2008.

  1. Moonwalker

    Moonwalker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I was collecting all the dead chickens from the coop, there was one that was still twitching. I picked her up, totally limp, eye closed, no response when I blew on her, just her legs occasionally twitched. SHe had a huge bloody hole in the side of her head, so I figured it was just residual nerves and tossed her on the heap.
    When I went to bag them about an hour later, she was still twitching, so I put the others in first and her on top. Since there were still some unaccounted for, DH and I started scouring the area and after a couple hours, turned up one dead and 6 live ones. I went to put the last dead one in the bag and she was STILL breathing. Thinking i had seen too much carnage to be in the mood to wring her neck or decapitate her. I put her in the old brooder with a heat lamp, figuring she'd be dead by morning, but she'd be warm on her way out.
    SURPRISE...next morning, she was still alive, but unresponsive. So I put a bowl of water and dish of feed in and basically just left her there for the next couple days (just looking to see if she had died yet)
    After 3 days, she woke up and had her eyes open and was raising her head. I started feeding her with a syringe and she has steadily improved. At first she couldn't even sit up straight, but now she has graduated to the larger brooder cage and is learning to walk again. She can stand and takes tiny steps with one foot right in front of the other and sometimes loses her balance, but sticks her wing out to catch herself. She has also started to eat a bit on her own, but I am still feeding her mush and vitamins twice a day.
    I did not even count her as one of the 6 survivors until now. And I did absolutely nothing for her wound. (I thought, why put her through more pain cleaning it when she's going to die anyway) Now, I think she may actually make it!
    This is the wound after 2 weeks (happened 4/24)
    Obviously, the dog grabbed her by the head and slung her.
    At first I thought she had a broken neck, because her head just flopped around when she tried to raise it
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    She can open her eye and even see out of it!
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  2. Broke Down Ranch

    Broke Down Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, um, is there a story already told by you somewhere of what happened to cause the carnage?

    And good for you, giving her the benefit of the doubt. A lot of times our birds will surprise us if we just let 'em....
     
  3. Moonwalker

    Moonwalker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My neighbor's dog.
    Here is the original story:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=48868
    Here is a follow up:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=50389
    Yeah, it's amazing. I have been called a softie (and some things not so nice) for trying to save animals others have given up on and I have had a large percentage actually pull through and go on to lead happy lives.
    I won't keep alive an animal that does not have a good quality of life, however. Like the little Silkie that got me into this group in the first place. She was doing very well, but had a setback and started having seizures again. She could never have been turned out with the others and would always have to be confined in a small padded area to keep her from hurting herself and I really didn't know if the seizures them selves were painful, but I'm sure they were frightening. SO I decided to put her down after caring for her for several weeks.
    Lucky will get every chance to recover and as long as she is showing improvement, I will keep trying. I am hoping she will be able to go out in the coop with the others soon. Once she starts eating good on her own, I'll put her in a section where she can see the others, but they can't trample or pick on her till she gets strong enough.
     
  4. Moonwalker

    Moonwalker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Baby steps, but she IS walking again!
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  5. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    [​IMG] happy tears for you and Lucky...
     
  6. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    They may be defenceless, but they are still strong when they want to be.
     
  7. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    That is great!! How old is she?
     
  8. Moonwalker

    Moonwalker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She was one of the ones I got from Cackle, so she was hatched on March 03/08, 9 weeks or so.
     
  9. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2008
    Venice, Florida
    That''s neat the way, her making it turned such a tragedy into a happy story. So glad that she's recovering and walking. [​IMG]
     
  10. Suess hens

    Suess hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So glad she is okay....She needs to be renamed for her new life she has.
     

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