So today is another cold one. The wind is really blowing and we were staying home to make cookies and do taxes since Mom was a bit stiff from her joyride yesterday. Anyway, that was the plan and as we all know the best laid plans soon go awry.
First off we all slept in ... Well Okay, Mom slept in and that means no one got me or Dad up. So that means we all slept in (No Dad and I didn't over sleep, there is a fine line and we have not crossed it ... YET) (Mom slept in because she is stiff from Yesterday and slept in means we slept until a little before 8am) Anyway, Dad and I did chores and then went to do bottles. When we were at the barnyard we found that Momma Shetland had a really runny nose and so did Turtle. This cold snap has all the animals a bit off. Anyway, We put Momma Shetland and Pickles in the barn to help her keep warm because she is getting older. Then we gave Turtle a shot of Antibiotic. After that We had to head back out to Uncle Chris' and take care of the calf for him again. We changed the medication and gave him some stuff for coccidiosis because they called and said he had blood in his stool this morning but that he was doing better. Mom stayed home to work on the Taxes and get some cleaning done.
About 30 minutes later she noticed Momma in the cam and she was pacing and upset so Mom headed out to the barn to see why. When she got there she found Red the chicken laying lifeless in the sheep pen. She snatched him up and put him in her coat. She then went to Momma Shetland and found that Pickles had gotten out of the pen somehow. Mom put Pickles back in with Momma, while still hiding Red in her coat. After that she beat a path to the house.
By the way, Red is an 8 year old bantam show chicken. We use him for all our educational programs and seminars. Anyway, when Mom got to the house she worked to warm Red up. We don't know what happened but Red was very cold and Mom found smears of blood in one of the feed troths. With No clue where the blood came from she just worked to warm him. If he was injured when he got warm the blood would flow from any wounds and we could doctor him then. First Mom put him in a luke warm bath and held his head above the water. As the water started to cool off she wrapped him in a towel and started blowdrying him. When she got him all dry he at least sat up and looked like he was sleeping. She put him on a dry towel and placed him in front of the electric heater with a heat lamp shining down on him. Red Shivered and warmed for what seemed like forever. After about 6 hours ... Red isn't 100% but he is back. He is eating and drinking and crowing ... We couldn't be happier.
While all this was going on Mom found time to make cookies to make me feel better and she got the taxes sorted so all she has to do is total them tomorrow. Dad on the other hand went to his Parents house and worked on the two horse trailer so that the door will open better. Then he went out to eat with his Dad and left Mom at home to take care of his taxes and the farm. Okay, he felt guilty because he also brought home 5 baby Bronze Turkeys. We don't know if they are Hens or Toms but they are cute. The only problem is that with the Ducks, the turkeys and Red all taking up residence in the bathroom you can't hardly get to the stool.... Oh well, I am just happy Red is still with us... Check these photos