Today is our short post day, so I just wanted to give you an update on the DL. We have three sickos on the DL, if you count Bob. Let’s start there. Bob is slowly healing. Because his skin was so thin where he had his laceration, it wouldn’t hold stitches, so it is being treated as an open wound. He went to the vet last week and Sue was encouraged to keep on doing what she’s doing. He is still on some sedatives to help keep him calm, but he is sooo tired of having to stay still, and stay in the the house, and wear the cone of shame. It will continue to be slow going for a while, but I think it is starting to look less angry and weepy. Poor little dude.
Nudie Booty has come through her impacted/sour crop episode with flying colors! She was on very soft food mixed with buttermilk and yogurt for a few days, but has graduated back into normal eating habits. Her crop looks normal, she isn’t in any distress, is eating and drinking well, so we’re calling that a full recovery. On top of all that, her booty isn’t as nude as it was – actually she’s getting more and more feathers everyday. She seems quite content in the brooder for now and is even laying the occasional egg. Once she is fully feathered, we’ll try to put her in with the oldies and see how that goes. They are the most calm of all our little flocks.
Leggs, our white Leghorn, does indeed have a horrid case of bumble-foot. We went through the soaking routine on Monday, and Sue was able to pry off the scab that covered the infected area – it came out with the biggest kernel of infection we have seen to date. Not only that, but the stringy infected bits just kept coming up out of her foot. This is one tough little bird, let me tell you. She hardly made a sound while Sue was pulling stuff out, and then just went right back to walking on it. Even before, you couldn’t tell she had an infection just by watching her walk, which is how I think it got so advanced. We just didn’t see it until she ended up with swelling between her toes. Sue got as much as she could out, cleaned it up really well, and then packed it with antibiotics and Prid. We’ll let the Prid work for a couple of days and then have another go. This is her second case of bumble-foot, so it looks like we’ll have to keep a closer eye on her.
That’s is for right now. I’m not staying home in the mornings this week, as I’m needed for meetings at work. Also working later than normal; just a lot going on right now. Sue is still trying to give her foot a rest as it is paining her by the end of the day if she does too much, which is almost always how it is. So not a lot of project work this week. Although,by Friday I’m sure we’ll have stories to tell. Until then, as always~
Thanks for reading!
Today’s Weather: We were partly cloudy today and warmer. The high today was 88°. Currently, at 7:21 p.m., it is 72° and mostly clear with 46% humidity. Our overnight low will be 55°. Today, sunrise was at 6:15 and sunset at 6:00 straight up. Tomorrow it looks like we’re in for more of the same.
Egg Report: Tuesday – zero goose, zero duck, 29 chicken. Monday – zero goose, zero duck, 25 chicken. As the days get shorter and shorter, we are expecting fewer and fewer eggs from everyone.