5 weeks since the eagle attack, and my survivor girl is making progress.
There were some setbacks early on that made me wonder if she’d come through it. But her fighting spirit never flagged. So I’m still at it, dressing her wounds daily and keeping the faith that her little chicken body will find a way to close up the remaining holes.
Here she is, at the first aid station, after a wound check and bandage re-wrap.
I’ve got gauze pad, covered with face mask (one elastic around the neck and one over the tail), then wrapped in an ace bandage to keep everything in place. She’s not thrilled about it, but relatively cooperative.
For the first couple weeks I had her in a dog crate fulltime, so she could rest and heal, but found that after a while giving her some walk-around time in a controlled environment (the shop) really boosted her spirits.
And now that she’s making steady progress, and I feel like I’ve got her pretty well protected, I’ve been letting her range around the yard. It’s clear that she wants to be back in the pasture with the rest of the chickens, which I’m taking as a good sign. Maybe in a few more weeks that will be a possibility.
What a wonderful update- thanks!
thanks Donna- I’m kind of amazed at the progress she’s made. really hope she makes it back to the pasture, where she wants to be
Great idea for the face mask!
thanks! yeah, it just came to me one day- the elastic is very handy for keeping the mask up over her neck, where she needs the most protection, but not too tight.