Thursday, March 31, 2011

Catching up!

I know I haven't posted in a while, and here's why...

Our adult rooster, Precious Boy, got frost bite from the winter weather.  On the 23rd, we took him and the chicks to the vet.  The vet checked the chicks stool for coccidia, and found nothing.  Their poo was clear.  Yay!  But poor Precious had to have the frost bite cut out, and lost four toenails.  I've been spending a lot of time babying and pampering him while he's been healing.  And we've been building a new coop for the chicks.  The coop is pretty much done, but needs nest boxes and roosts still.  Oh... and a run.  lol 

Well, Precious wasn't doing too good outside, so I brought him in the house.  Then I noticed that little Angel wasn't doing good.  He was all wobbly, and couldn't hold his head/neck still. 

Well, we don't have the money for another trip to the vet right now, so I don't know what's wrong with him.  He's been like this for about three or four days now.  I feed him chick feed that I soften with water, and give him water to drink through a medicine dropper/syringe.  He doesn't really seem worse, but he doesn't seem better either.  I have no idea if he will get better, or die.  AND I don't know what caused this.  Some are suggesting Marek's, but as I read more about it, I don't think it is.  There are no cuts, bumps, bruises, or anything anywhere on him.  No enlarged body parts, and nothing weird going on with his eyes.  Whatever it is seems to be neurological.  I just wish I knew what it was, and whether or not he will get better.  I also wish I had the money to take him to the vet to decipher what's wrong, and if he won't get better, or will die anyway, have him put down rather than suffer any more. 

The other chicks are all doing well.  They are strong, healthy, and happy.  They are about ready to go out in their coop, which may end up being our weekend project.  Jade (Nemo) and Aurora (Ricky) keep getting into tiffs.  Jade keeps winning, so I think he's the top boy in there.  He ends up biting Aurora on the head/comb, causing Aurora to shriek and scream.  When they go out, Angel will stay inside where I can keep tending to him constantly. 

Well how 'bout them apples?  The vet just called me to check on Precious.  lol  I talked to him about Angel, and he said that it sounds like it's his serabelum (sp).  Sometimes they can get better, or even just a little better, and sometimes not.  And it would be something he would always live with.  It would be something that happened while Angel was in the egg, and it's catching up with him now.  He suggested giving him some aspirin water (4 drops twice a day), to maybe help any inflammation he may be having going on.  And he wants me to call him back in a few days to let him know how he is.  I guess that if he doesn't die from it, but will suffer the rest of his life from this... the best thing may be to put him down.  We'll see if he gets any better.  A friend mailed me some chick saver (?) that I should get possibly on Saturday.  I'll keep you all posted.  Cross your fingers for recovery and no suffering!