Woke up this morning feeling chipper and happy. It's Friday!!! Got The Native's up for family prayer and headed out to let The Girls out and feed them.
Last night when I'd closed up The Gypsy Wagon it was late and dark. I didn't do my usual counting of heads. Just closed the door and ran back into the house. This morning, when I went out to The Gypsy Wagon I found this little girl sitting outside of the nice warm box where The Girls are kept at night. She was on the ground with her head tucked in the corner and not moving. Bad sign.
I picked her up and started to really worry. Her comb was all shriveled and black, her eyes closed, and the rest of her red little face had lost it's vibrant red. It too was almost black.
I ran Alice into the house and told The Native's we had a problem. Levi: We should say a pwayer.
We did. And then I ran to the Internet. Sick chicken. What do I do? What in the world would we do without the Internet and it's wealth of information??
Isolate the chicken, put her under a heating lamp, keep her warm, and in a quiet place. Done! Shove Pedialite down her throat........ okay. They didn't say 'shove' but that is what I did. I got a syringe and started to drop Pedialite down her throat and then........... she crapped all down the front of me! Not a nice firm chicken doo doo! Pure water stinky icky DISGUSTING nastiness that went all down the front of me and on my bare toes.............. !!! Nice!
Henny Penny's chicken is sick. Henny Penny doesn't want to go to school. She's upset. I tell her I'll take good care of her Alice while she's gone and not to worry. Keep saying little prayers.
I get myself cleaned up from the chicken doo doo mess and bring in the dogs from going potty outside. I notice that Daphney's backside is covered in............... YUP! She's sick too!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
We have pets why?????
So, sick dog on towel in kitchen tied up. Sick chicken in kitchen under heat lamp in box. I swear today is Monday and the calender is lying to me...............
P.S. You can see from the second photo that Alice is perking up! The color is coming back into her comb, she's looking around, and guess what??? I just gave her some pellets and she ate a few! This day might just turn into a Friday after all............ One can hope!
Addendum: We lost Henny Penny's chicken yesterday morning. It was a sad sad day for Henny Penny. And the dog, she goes to the vet tomorrow...... Hopefully what she has can be fixed with a daily pill to help her with bladder control. If not............ I don't even want to think about or go there.........