Thursday, January 21, 2010
Broken-Toe Chicken Update
Just a quick update on the chicken with a broken toe who has moved into my living room. Yes, you read that right, she's living in my living room. In the chicken infirmary, which is a large glass fish tank. She broke her toe a week ago tomorrow.
Based on intel from Danni at Critter Farm who knows a couple chicken gurus who deal with chicken issues on a much more regular basis, I started the hen on water with aspirin for pain, then a day later I taped her toe straight. Previously she was holding the toe curled up in the wrong direction, which made walking near impossible. The hen didn't mind the taping as much as I thought she would, and has been using the foot with the broken toe for balance, which is a step in the right direction. But she still isn't walking well at all; she spends a lot of time lying down. I tried to put her back with the other chickens, but they thought the tape on the toe was really odd and needed pecked, so she's back healing by herself in my living room. She visits the other chickens now only with human supervision to keep the others from pecking her. The goal is to get that toe healed up as straight as possible, get the tape off, and get her out of my house ASAP. In the meantime, the hen has been enjoying XM Radio and Satellite TV. She loves to snuggle with me on my lap on the couch; Jack the cat is jealous that she took his spot. Shadow, the other cat, often thinks about chicken dinner.
Thanks to everyone for the assitance and guidance with my chicken issues. I sometimes feel like this is an online family - it's pretty cool to know you guys!