Zane, Chapter 7/Update

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by speckledhen, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I say Chapter 7 because this is the seventh month of the saga. Zane has been having electroshock therapy, sort of; we are applying a TENS unit to his leg to try to stimulate nerves. Unfortunately, there is no improvement that we see. He has no muscle left in that leg, very little in the other one and has developed a callous on the end of his wing from balancing with it and using it as a substitute for the bad leg-see pic below. We are so torn up about the whole thing. He is so intelligent and loving, we wanted to give him every chance to stay part of the flock and this family. He was all I had of Hawkeye when his father passed suddenly-there were eggs, but I wasn't sure they would hatch. Thankfully, we hatched Zane's brother, Mace, and his half-sisters, Zoe and Margaret. We have done so much to try to help and it's no small thing to give him aspirin three times a day and use the TENS unit twice a day, though we just haven't managed to get every single session in, with the other 51 chickens we have to take care of. He is so loved and returns that love every day, but we are torn. As his proxy, what would he want? I go round and round on that question. He seems to get some small pleasure from life and in his limited way, he does watch out for the flock and alarms right along with the other roosters from his pen. Anyway, thought I'd let you all know what was happening with Zane. The pics below are of the wing callous that has formed (He has a smaller one on the other wing as well.) and his sweet face and eyes I look into every day when I hold him for his therapy.
  2. Their Other Mother

    Their Other Mother Songster

    May 1, 2008
    Poor Zane! This has been dragging on.
  3. sdshoars

    sdshoars Songster

    May 12, 2008
    poor guy!
  4. megshenhut

    megshenhut Songster

    Jun 21, 2007
    Central Colorado
    Oh Cynthia, I'm so sorry to hear that Zane isn't improving. I think you are the only one who will know what to do. Somehow I think our animals let us know what they want, if they want to be around even with their limited capacity. And if they are ready to go, I think they let us know that too. No one but you, Tom and Zane can answer those questions. And bless you for all you have done and are doing for Zane. I know he loves you more for it.
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    I am so sorry, Cyn. [​IMG]
  6. Lanissa86

    Lanissa86 Songster

    Mar 26, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    I'm sorry Cyn. Zane is absolutely Darling. He is such a looker. My prayers are with you. [​IMG]
  7. steffpeck

    steffpeck Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    Poor Zane!!!!! You and Tom are both remarkable people to do what you have for Zane. I admire both of you so much!!! [​IMG]
  8. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
    Mountains of NC
  9. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    :aww I'm so sorry, Cyn. You will know in your heart what is right for Zane, and we will support you 100%.
  10. hcammack

    hcammack Crowing

    Oct 5, 2007
    I am sorry he is not improving I know you will do what you think is right for him.


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