You read my previous post on Ginger and her bumble foot. Making sure she gets her medicine and her dressing changed, well, it's just one more thing to deal with each day. And the medicine has really upset her digestive system. She's had a bath twice this week and is in need of yet another. I'm going to hold out 48 hours and see if we can get her system back to normal first.
Yesterday, I came home to find Lulu Lemon limping. Lulu is my wild child who will not let me get near her. She doesn't want to be held or touched and only occasionally will eat out of my hands. When she let me pick her up with little more than a squawk, I knew something was very wrong. The poor thing was covered in blood and realized that she had lost a toe nail. The WHOLE nail. What you see there is just a tad of the top of the nail and the quick, the insides of her nail which is one big nerve.
I have no idea how this happened. She has very sharp, pointy toe nails and she clearly got it caught on something in the run and pulled it out. But what? I've gone over that whole run and can't find any sign of blood except on her 2x4 perch where she clearly sat after the accident.
I feel awful for her as it must hurt something awful. But I hesitate to wrap it up as I'll never catch her to remove or change the dressing. I probably should have given her some pain meds. But again, if I can't get her to come near me to do this consistently, then what is the point?
I did keep her isolated in the dog crate last night just to keep her calm but I think I just frightened her something awful. So I put her back out with the other hens this morning. She's still limping but doing MUCH better tonight. Thankfully!
|Here's what Lulu Lemon looks like she's not under the weather. She's a beautiful bird.
I read multiple books and did all kinds of research before I committed to getting chickens. None of the books prepared me for all the things that can go wrong with a chicken. They mostly cover all the diseases they can contract. Fortunately, those have not been an issue for me.
But I'm truly exhausted from this week. I'm eager for the weekend to arrive so we can get everyone cleaned up and get back to scratching in the garden for bugs and the other things that chickens should be doing.