Monday, May 2, 2011

Chicken Chatter

It has been a week now that Snacker has been sick.  I started the antibiotic the very next day I noticed symptoms.  She has gone from bad to worse.  I have been treating all of the hens with an antibiotic that you put in their water.  But to be sure that Snacker is getting it, I am giving it to her three times a day through a baby medicine dropper.  She has gotten worse every day.  I have been so sad.  I have wanted chickens forever.  I got Snacker from my brother, and I LOVE her.  I have spent the majority of my time since then, outside with them. Watching them, feeding them, talking to them.  I just can't believe she has gotten so sick. The explanation that makes the most sense, was from a friends sister who has lots and lots of chickens.  She said that since Snacker was the only chicken, she has not been exposed to other illness.  When the new ones came, she caught something from one of the others.  Usually meds work.  But this hasn't gone so well.  Last night, after giving her meds, and cleaning her up, I put her in a clean box with nesting material in the bottom, and locked her inside another smaller cage, which was inside the coop.  I didn't want anyone else bothering her.  She could barely hold her head up.  I fully expected her to be gone when I got up this morning.  I woke up several times last night wondering what I was going to tell my brother.  To those of you reading this thinking, "IT'S A CHICKEN!"  well, yes, it's a chicken.  But it's not JUST a chicken.  It's Snacker.  She follows me.  She loves to sit in my lap. She likes to be petted. She comes to the front of the coop as soon as I approach, so she can come out and follow me around.   So I am taking care of her, as well as I can.  Hoping!  She hasn't layed an egg in a week. She hasn't eaten in a week. But today, I was able to get several doses of medicated water down her.  And maybe, just maybe, she will live.  I sure hope so.  Her new name will be Super Snacker!
In the mean time, the baby chicks are growing so fast.  They are feathering out more every day.  Noah has named his "Ham" and Hannah named hers "Chickas" and Claire had help naming hers, and it is "Sammy."  So we have, Hammy and Sammy, and Chickas.   They are getting so big that I had to move them to their new digs.  The pack N play that I used when the grandkids were babies.   Works perfect!   They are actually in the white ice chest with a heat lamp overhead.  The mash and pine shred are in the front of the pen.
I keep them in my sewing room.  I have a lock on the outside of the door so no one can get in there and leave the door open.  Ducey might be overly interested, so we keep them locked in there. 
Here is Noah checking in on Ham, and the rest.
And this is what I got when I asked him to smile!
Silly boy!!   This morning after I took care of Snacker, I noticed an egg on one of the roosts.  I knew it wasn't Snacker's because she was locked inside a separate pen last night.  I got closer and realized it wasn't a typical egg.  Since the new hens haven't laid yet, I didn't know who's it was, or if it was their very first or what.  But I have heard of eggs being laid without a shell.  This was not exactly that, but the shell was very soft, like puff pastry.  It felt like it would crack if I touched it.  In fact when I did touch it, it left a dent.  So I got a pie plate and just scooped it onto the plate to save it for Greg to see it too.  It was weird!!!

It seemed like it was a jelly egg.  When Greg got home, we wound up giving it to Ducey in his dinner.  The egg was broken easily, not cracked, but more like torn.  The contents looked like a normal farm fresh egg.  Bright yolk, and clear white. And it was a very large egg too.  I am anxious to see if there is another one tomorrow.  And I sure hope Snacker has turned the corner now, and will be showing signs of improvement. 
Hoping that soon, our hens will be providing us with an array of multi colored fresh eggs, just like these.
These beauties were given to me by my neighbor whose sister has a farm and many, many laying  hens.  I am thinking quiche this week, for sure!

17 comments:

Holly said...

I'm so sorry to hear that Snacker is still not doing well. I know it just makes your heart sick. Hope you find her happy and clucking away this morning.

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I feel bad for you and your chicken. Keep us posted, I hope Snacker makes it:(

Genn said...

I hope Snacker becomes Super Snacker too. I know she's just a chicken, but I know you love her. The chicks are getting so big!

Genn said...

I hope Snacker becomes Super Snacker too. I know she's just a chicken, but I know you love her. The chicks are getting so big!

Erika said...

ah poor Snackers! Praying for a recovery & fast :)

Tawni716 said...

Awww sorry Snackers is sick ~ Hope she gets better soon! The other chicks are too cute!

Debbie said...

Oh Kris I am sorry Snackers is so sick...I know how you love her. What a neat experience the chickens have been for you and your grandkids...Praying Snackers is up and doing MUCH better today!

deb said...

Oh Kris....praying that snacker comes out of this....shes NOT just a chicken!!!!!!

Sunny Simple Life said...

Poor Snacker. It is always terrible when one of our pets is so sick. Don't feel bad for that. I hope she is better today and you can give us a report.

Bethany said...

I would never say "It's just a chicken!" because I know how I want to shake people when they say to me "But it's just a dog." Maybe so--but it's MY dog. Sad face for
Snackers and hope she gets better soon. And what a weird egg! I must say--I'm learning a lot about chickens :)

Reality Jayne said...

I hope she gets better. It sounds like she is a good bird

Pam said...

Sending healing vibes to Snacker... poor thing!

That soft egg is strange looking but I bet Ducey loved it.

annielizabeth said...

Oh, no! Snacker get well! I sure hope she makes it. What a great "reuse" for the pack n play!

The Garden Bell said...

I sending good wishes that Snacker's get good and well so soon. I missed you posting of your dress, you are right on, just like Kate's.

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, I am hoping that tomorrow you will have a good report about the antibiotics helping Snacker.
Loved seeing the chicks-they are simply adorable. I can't wait to hear what is with the egg-why it is so soft.
Have a great day friend.
Noreen

Janna said...

I know how animals can touch our hearts, so I'm praying for Snacker to pull through. Good luck!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Oh how cute Kris....my pet party is going on now..would love to have you. And girl, you have that many bathing suits? You are a suit DIVA!