Today is Saturday and it was a VERY long week for me. I was desperate for some peace and quiet so I could just sleep in till 7am without interruption. And my girls obliged. But only with being quiet. They were wreaking havoc out there.
When I finally go out to do my morning chores, I find that Lulu Lemon has slept under big Coco, and she's a mess. I mean a hot mess. She's tried to dust bath or something to get it off of her but she's covered in cecal poo all over one side of her. And Lulu is my one hen who does not want to be touched or held. I've been dreading this day.
Somehow I think she knew that she had a problem and that I am their problem solver. So believe it or not, she let me pick her up. She did fuss and squirm but let me give her a quick bath and blow dry. And while she's not spotless, she's mostly clean.
Next issue, Ginger. Ginger had the beginning of Bumblefoot for a while now. Honey had the same thing and the vet gave me some topical medicine which successfully treated Honey. But Ginger was responding more slowly. And earlier this week, I noticed it was getting a bit red and a tad swollen. Not a good sign.
|And here she is after I cleaned up her foot again and put more antibacterial ointment on it. The wrap is to help keep it both padded and clean.|
|And here's her foot all clean and wrapped. She walks and even scratches just fine with the wrap. She can roost just fine too. She will nibble at it for a minute or two after I wrap it. But so far, she's not been able to open it up.|
|This is Ginger's antibiotic pill. It's quite large.|
|So I cut it up into quarters.|
|Split raisons open and slip in the quarters. She gobbles these up like they were candy. Easiest way in the world to give a chicken pills.|
|Scrambled or hardboiled egg is surprisingly absorbant. Here I've mixed in Ginger's pain and anti-inflamatory meds which come in liquid form so I can give her just the right amount based on her weight.|
So that was my drama today. Here's hoping for a nice quiet day tomorrow.