Another overdue update, as it’s been a fairly fraught few days.
If it weren’t bad enough that we lost one of the Crettyard Crew to a dog attack, one of the others (Jules) suddenly developed a mysterious paralysis - perfectly alert, seemingly not in any pain, but unable to stand or walk. Research threw up a whole raft of possible causes ranging from the trivial and easily curable (vitamin B deficiency) to the truly terrifying (Marek’s disease). Was fairly sure it wasn’t the latter, as she came from a commercial flock so would have been vaccinated as a matter of course. So nothing for it but a trip to Hen Hospital. A thorough examination thankfully didn’t turn up anything nasty, but she’d lost a lot of weight and the vet spotted a bit of dried blood under her right wing. She reckons the dog got a nip in and the wound got infected - hence the delay in symptoms appearing. Anyway they’re keeping her in for observation over the weekend and dosing her with antibiotics; latest news is that she’s standing - though still unsteady - and her appetite’s picking up. All being well she’ll be home tomorrow afternoon.
And as if we didn’t have enough to worry about, young Bonnie suddenly started crowing, so we have four roosters, which is completely unsustainable. For the sake of the hens we’re going to have to get rid of most - if not all - the roos. This is easier said than done…
Anyway - will report back with an update on Jules tomorrow.
I just noticed I never answered Chris’s question above. No - not a trick photo, though I can see why you might think so. They use the trailer as a convenient vantage point. They also shelter under it if it rains.