Yesterday afternoon, I visited with the girls as they enjoyed some sunflower treats in the run. I have not seen too much of Dolly as she has been broody for the past couple of weeks. She typically hides in a zen-like trance in the right nesting box. I check on her twice a day. She never minds feeling my hands taking the warm and toasty eggs from underneath of her. She seems to understand that soon enough, someone else will lay another egg for her to rest upon.
The house is in a state of remodeling chaos. We are living out of 3 rooms, enjoying microwave cooking and instant coffee. Doors are taped shut. Rooms are barricaded off with sheets of plastic. We are undergoing a remodel. Thank Goodness, my husband was home. As he held sweet Dolly, I fetched some Q Tips, a paper plate and Blu-Kote. As Blu-Kote stains everything, I sprayed it on the plate and with the Q Tips cleaned her back. In no time, her wound was a lovely shade of iridescent purple. I placed her back inside of the run and everyone was curious. The curiosity lead to pecking. She was running in fear. I needed to do more. I scooped her up for my hubby to hold once more.
I had to wait a while for Dolly to return to the nesting box. Once she did, I grabbed her and put it on. She obliged. She wriggled her wings and the saver seemed to just slink into position. The wound was covered. I put her back in the coop and she ran into the run. Everyone noticed the apron and everyone was terrified! She would move closer and they would as a collective flock, shimmy away. Dolly stood taller and tried to intimidate them. When she shook her wings, they ran. It was such a sight to see; silly chickens.
I watched for a while and then determined that my quick handy work seemed to be staying put. Once the girls tucked in for bed, I peeked in with a flashlight. Dolly was on the roost with the rest of the girls snuggled in for the night between Tilly and Sunshine. The crisis seemed to be averted.This morning, everyone popped out into the run a little before 7am. Dolly came right out wearing her hen saver and she enjoyed scratching in the run with the rest of the girls. No one seemed to fear her new wardrobe. For now, all seems to be well. Thanks to some great advice from my Facebook fans, I am off to pick up some Vetericyn.
I will apply that to the wound once I get it. I have added vitamins and electrolytes to the water and I have been sharing some yummy, high in protein, meal worms with the girls. I will keep the hen saver on her to keep the others from picking. I am hoping that she makes a full recovery. This has served as a reminder. Bullies can do so much more than emotional damage. Their actions can be downright scarring.
Photo Credits: Tilly’s Nest