On the Mend: A Dolly Update and Giveaway

February 22, 2012

Last week, I had discovered a terrible injury underneath Dolly’s right wing.  It was about the size of a 50 cent piece, and covered in pus.  Immediately I sprang into action.  I improvised a hen saver and purchased Vetericyn based upon many fellow chicken keepers’ advice.

Early each morning, I have been catching her in the coop, applying the Vetericyn, checking the position of the hen saver and letting her go about her day.  This has been the routine for the past six days.  Today, when I inspected her wound, the scab was hanging off.  I gently removed the large hardened crusty piece only to reveal beautiful healthy skin and new pin feathers.   Her need for the Vetericyn was done.  She has made a full recovery.  To prevent the other girls from picking at her new feathers, I will have her wear the hen saver until the feathers return completely.

A few days ago, a new friend, who makes hen savers, reached out to me.  They are beautiful and much better made than the one that I happened to throw together.  She offered to donate one for Dolly.  As I explored her website, I could not resist.  I ordered three more so I would have a complete set, one in each size.  These will be the newest addition to my Chicken First Aid Kit.  This morning I caught Dolly and we had a little fashion show.  I tried the two smallest ones on her bantam frame.  The smallest size fit her perfectly.  I think her favorite part is the notch for her tail.
Louises’ Country Closet has generously agreed to provide one of our readers with a $10 gift certificate to their store. So take a peek at their website, say hello to them from Tilly and the girls on Facebook and leave a comment below to enter.  One winner will be randomly selected from the comments below.  You must leave a comment on this post to enter.

The sense of community, love and support in our chicken community at large never ceases to amaze me.  We are a diverse group from all over the world sharing and experiencing the joy that chickens bring into our lives. We feel so blessed and fortunate to be part of the chicken family at large.  From Tilly, Dolly and the girls, we thank you from the very bottom of our hearts.This giveaway will end Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 11:59pm East Coast Time.

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31 thoughts on “On the Mend: A Dolly Update and Giveaway”

  1. I just liked Louise's Country Closet on fb. I have a small first aid kit for my flock, but never thought about a hen saver! Thanks for the info!

  2. Such a great idea! They are adorable also! I hope to never have to use one but I feel like it would be great to have one "just in case". – Meredith Vincent

  3. What a great idea! I am glad to hear that your Girl is dong better! As a chicken newbie I would be scared outta my wits. Blessings and thank you for the giveaway!
    I LOVE the site and am already a FB fan!
    Amanda Hinton Miller

  4. What a great story—I am learning so much. Now I feel like I need to add hen savers to my first aid box! :)Glad Dolly is better.

  5. Very pleased to hear of Dolly's recovery.
    I'm in the UK – yesterday, whilst waiting for my turn at the dentist, I was reading Saga Magazine and there was a lovley article about Rescue Chickens in the UK. So what a coincidence reading your blog today, about the need for "chicken savers"… I thought you and your followers might like this link to their website and the knitting pattern for Chicken Jumpers… happy Knitting and Chooking

  6. Pick me Pick me Pick me!!!! Please! I just had to separate three hens as the rooster was de-feathering their backs. A chicken saddle or three would help get them back out of the clink a lot faster!

  7. i'm so happy to read that dolly is doing better! yahoo! the chicken saddles from louise's closet are the cutest ones i've seen! she has some interesting prints in her collection! thanks!
    jo bunny

  8. I adored chickens while growing up but have never had my own. My brother has a flock in Okla. He didn't know about chicken saddles and can definitely use some! I really enjoy your blog and your girls! Thank you for sharing! Cathy in Idaho

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