2009-01-03

A Rainbow, A Fall over Chicken and a Kamakaze Calf


Yesterday at dawn the promise of longed for rain came with a rainbow then the sun burnt it off...


Little Picken the Chicken is a fall over chicken. Every now and then my favourite little red hen has a flop over moment then has trouble getting up again. Thoughts of horrible diseases and other causes came to mind but a search of the net on poultry diseases came up with a big zilch there. The kids of course were nagging at me to take the chicken to the vet - not at $65 plus just for the after hours consultation fee I wasn't. I already have very expensive chicken and that's Maggie but another one to add to the collection - no way. So wilting in the summer heat I went off to think about the other possible cause of the little chicken's problem.


In the meantime the meantime a Kamakaze Fresian calf came through one of our gates jumped in with the cows and the bull and all hell broke lose. The Terrorist got out of her paddock bellowing for the other calf to come visiting. Micah the bull of course suddently took and unwanted interest in this new heifer and the kids were yelling at the top of their lungs. They might make good opera singers the way those two were carrying on. Muttering unpleasant things about crazy kids, nutty calves and fall over chickens I had to go up there to the top of the hill and sort out the chaos. Micah was not pleased he had missed out on yet another heifer.
Meanwhile the Terrorist had found herself a giant weed to eat (thank goodness) so I was able to shift the older cattle into another paddock and leave the Kamakaze behind. She's bellowed all night ....growl. The Terrorist was caught and taken back down the hill and tied up somewhere else away from the trouble maker. Peace and quiet there for the moment at least

And on top of everything else Emerald decided to bring in a little wax eye she had caught and leave it briefly on the kitchen table - that was until Dream made a move to nab it. I had a cat war ground in the kitchen and a dead bird which I tossed outside and the cats with it. Then finally the lightbulb came on. Only one other cause for the little red chicken's balance problem. A Vitamin E deficiency. Sure enough a check on a couple of websites matched the symptoms. I've thrown some Vitamin E and A into the chicken's water. In a few days she will be right again.


And today is going to be another very very hot day... Hope everyone has been having a great New Year. With this heat I think I'll go and climb into the freezer for the day. Ice blocks anyone?

4 comments:

  1. Hi Liz!

    Our weather has been beautiful, 55F and 60F (sorry, I don't know what that would be in C) but I don't think I'm quite ready for an ice block just yet. LOL.

    I hope the Vitamin E and A helps your cute little red hen. Maybe it's just the heat getting to her? When I had chickens and it was extremely hot, I would set up a fan in the chicken coup at night. (Yes, I have always spoiled my animals. LOL.)

    It sounds like you've had a lot of entertainment (not!) with the calves and bull, and even the cats! Ah, well, life would be dull without animals, don't you agree? Haha.

    My younger son came for the weekend and we've been gone all day today. I was also gone almost all day yesterday, as I was invited to a nice New Year's dinner.

    I really enjoyed this post, and look forward to more excitement from the Mad Bush Farm. Hope it's a bit cooler now and you're enjoying a lovely weekend.

    Love and Hugs,

    Renie

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  2. CAN I PLEASE HAVE SOME OF THAT HEAT!!!! I'm begging you! Actually it got warm today, high 60's to 70's but thats expected to change in the next two days.
    Hope the hen gets to feeling better! I know that you have had a crazy day...but it wouldnt be farm life with out them now would it!??
    Love ya
    Rae

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  3. Liz - you have a great start to a crazy new year - I would have diagnosed stroke (I had an old barn cat that had severe fall over (but she did recover for about a year and then had a second stroke that did her in)) good thing you did not consult with me !! I like this photo of the terrorist i started one of her looking in the window but ...nah I'll try some thing else

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  4. I love your hectic life with crazy animals!!! Oh, for a day of such lovely heat! Hope you have a wonderful New Year and may every day be so exciting!!

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