Sunday, April 12, 2009
AN UPDATE ON FREMONT................
Last Tuesday, the 7th, we took Fremont back to the vet's office in Payson. It was time for his two week check-up from the wing amputation. It was also time to pull the pins from his other injuries.
The vet cut the bone back a little more where the initial amputation was, so it could now be closed.
All of the hardware from the other injuries was removed. He came through it all pretty well. We have him on pain meds again and antibiotics as well. Since he has been on antibiotics so long, to help his gut out, we have been giving him good bacteria (cultures) orally. This will help his gut keep the good flora it needs to maintain itself and the ravages of the antibiotics.
He's still out in the large flight and it seems he and Ivy have become friends. Possibly since they are the ones that cannot get up on the higher perches is my guess.
Ivy will get her pins out (the second set) sometime in May, towards the end of the month.
I woke up to a wonderful surprise this Easter day. One of my chickens has 6 brand new babies following her around the yard. I believe this is her first time being a mother.
We're suppose to get some additional snow this week, so I hope they will stick close to her and stay warm.
Happy Easter everyone,
Feathered brothers and sisters, you came to us broken and as you bled…….we saw you desperate, dehydrated, desiccated, diseased, distressed, emaciated, famished, frayed, frightened, helpless, hungry, ragged, ravenous, shaken, shocked, shot, sickly, stressed, stunned, tattered, thirsty, traumatized, torn, weary and wounded. Defiantly, you stood us off with your last breath as we tried to tend to you. We saw you come in as cute, naked, fuzzy, cuddly youth, as mischievous, defiant adolescents, as fierce, regal rulers of the sky and as cunning, maimed elders whose time on earth was almost done. You endeared yourselves to us, bit us, charmed us, footed us, delighted us, hissed at us, talked to us, mantled at us, and graced us with your presence.
Some of you mended and were able to go on your way, never looking back. Some of you were injured in ways that prevented you from going, so you stayed with us to teach us…….And we came to love you. Others were too far gone, and you went home - where you fly free from pain with the Great One. All of you have touched us, and we are changed because of you.
used with permission by Arlene Powers