OMG, I'm so embarrassed to admit that. As you'll recall from my previous post, Honey had surgery on Monday to remove a blockage in her crop. I kept her in the house for three long days. And she was miserable. You could tell she wanted desperately to be outside with her sisters.
I did let her out for a bit each day to spend time with them. And when it was time to bring her back in the house, she would run from me. That is not like her at all. Usually, she comes right to me when I call her. She loves to be picked up and held so it was disheartening to see her try to get away from me.
My biggest pain point, is getting her to take her medicine. She's on three different things but I quickly figured out that it's the antibiotic that she can either taste or smell. I tried mixing it in applesauce, baby food, cat food, mash, banana and scrambled egg and she would stick her beak into the bowl and maybe take one taste and then just shake her head no and turn away. UGH!!!
So I turned to the internet for ideas and people suggested that I mask the taste with something. So tonight I pulled out all the stops. I mixed the antibiotic with mashed banana, sprinkled in crushed, freeze dried meal worms and added in a few drops of simple syrup (sugar dissolved in hot water). And BINGO. She hovered it up.
I'm not proud of my actions and I know sugar is not good for chickens. But I was desperate. I was only given the exact dosage for her so I don't have extra to waste.
And to make it every more challenging, I need to pull her out of the run to give her the laced treat and make sure it's only for her beak only and that her sisters don't eat it out from under her. This causes Coco to wail like an air raid siren begging me to return her best buddy. So making Honey's treat extra tasty is critical so that I can set down the bowl and get her to eat it on her own while I go into the run and distract Coco for a few minutes with some seeds.
I'm so hoping that this continues to works out as I have three more days of medicine for her.
If you ever had to give a chicken medicine, you might want to make note of this as it's been a lifesaver for me. If it wasn't for her having had crop surgery, I would have requested pills which are easily split and tucked into raisins and MUCH easier to get chickens to take.