Monday, June 17, 2013

Animal Illnesses

Things have been so busy the past three days that I haven't had a single moment to spare!  Not only have we had full schedules, but we also have some sick animals.  :(  Sick animals are never fun.  But it is something you have to get used to dealing with if you own/raise anything that breathes!

Bill is lame in his front left leg.  However, after a few Epsom salt soaks he is looking much better and I think he will make a full recovery.  He probably got a bit of a stone bruise while he was out grazing - I inspected the hoof and leg multiple times and everything looked great.

He is wet because it was raining!
We have a chick with something called "wry neck".  This is quite common, according to my understanding, in chicks with topknots because their skull is vaulted which is more susceptible to injury.  When injured (such as by a higher flock member pecking them which is what I suspect happened) the chick develops water on the brain which, for whatever reason, causes the chick to hold his head sideways.  According to the helpful folks on the Chicken Chat group I am a part of, the most proven treatment is medicating with vitamin E and B vitamins, which I have been doing for three days now.  The chick is still eating and drinking on his own, so only time will tell if he will heal.  So far, I am remaining hopeful!


What a crazy weekend.  Hopefully everyone will be feeling better soon!  Hope you all have a lovely Monday!

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  1. I tell ya girl.....kindred spirits. I just had a discussion with a co-worker about animals and injuries or illness. Our male mini horse had been snorting a lot lately when he blows out so we started him on allergy medicine and now he is better and I go out yesterday afternoon and the mare now has a slightly swollen eye with slime, so started her on allergy meds last night. This morning no swelling, but slime and our cat mittens has a swollen front leg. It is always something! So I know where you are coming from!

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    1. That's crazy!! Hang in there. Maybe our babies will be better soon! I am ready for everyone to be healthy and stay healthy for a looong time lol.

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  2. Oh no! You've been busy with these guys! I hope everyone makes a full recovery. Dealing with hurt animals is never fun!

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    1. Thank you! We have been terribly busy. Hopefully we are past the worst of it though. Here's to healthy animals on the Little Bitty Farm!

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  3. Poor horse. That sounds painful. Although, not as painful as the chick. We've never had a chicken with an injury like that. Hope everyone feels much better soon.

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    1. Ugh. Me too! It has been wearing me out. Slowly but surely though, everyone is healing up nicely. It just takes time!

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  4. No animal illnesses are never fun and they always seem to come in multiples, it's like a guarantee if one goes down, a couple more will to... everyone is either fine, or all falling apart at the same time! paws crossed you get through this and everyone comes out OK including you :)

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    1. They do come in multiples... like you say, it is pretty much a guarantee! Thanks so much, it looks like everyone is starting to get better. I am so relieved!

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  5. I'm so sorry to hear about this. :( Hope your animals get to feeling better soon! They are so lucky to have you to take care of them.

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    1. Aww, thanks Christina. You are sweet. I do love my babies!

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  6. Oh my goodness, I hope they all get better soon. I am such a nervous ninny when my animals are ill so I know how it can drain you physically and emotionally. You seem to be doing everything needed so lets hope for a quick recovery now.

    BTW, Bill looks so cute standing in that soak bucket, he must know its good for him. :-)

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    1. Thank you! Bill is a real sweetie. I think it felt good - like a pony spa haha!

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  7. Oh your poor babies. You are such a good mom. I hope they recover soon!

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    1. Thanks so much! They are all starting to get better... YAY! :D

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