🤕 Sweetie 🤕
#tbt to last summer and my tiniest 🐥 patient ever. This baby was #bornonthefourthofjuly and developed what appeared to be a slipped tendon.
After smuggling her in my bra to the vet’s office (yes...that kept her warm during the drive 🤭👚🚙), I was told that her leg was broken and couldn’t be reset 😢. We stabilized it with Vetrap, and chose to monitor the chick closely and return her to mama. •
I knew the outcome was bleak 😕 I also knew that caring for a chick like her wasn’t “cost or time-efficient.” Chicken keeping and farm life comes with difficult decisions. But after watching her determined little self hop around after her mom and peers, I knew we had to try. •
I separated her for rehab in a chick PT👩⚕️ setup, but she continually chirped, calling out for her mama. She remained with mom in the coop, and would free range as best she could (with me supervising). Her sassy spirit and will to live kept me optimistic 🙏that she might be THAT CHICKEN who would need an amputation or wheelchair, but would thrive otherwise. •
Unfortunately, we never got to that phase ☹️. After a few weeks, she grew weaker, and one morning, I found her lifeless in one of the nesting boxes. I’m not sure what happened, and I felt terrible guilt for not removing her from the coop and raising her solo. •
Sometimes “saving” something is more about you and less about the creature/person. I let the wave of remorse wash over me and recognized that nature ran its course. That chick knew exactly what she didn’t want: to be cooped up, restricted, handicapped. She wanted to be a bird, chasing around bugs 🐛 like all the rest, even if it was for a short-time.
I listen to all my animals more closely, watch their cues, try to read the signs. I step in when needed; stay back when that’s required. Working as a vet tech, I was taught to fix the broken, treat the sickness. I still try. But now I do it with more allowance, more freedom and sensitivity. To me, it’s the most holistic approach...even if I still cry when they’re gone 😥 •
Sharing for our dear friend, Erin @urbannarnia for this week’s #chickthrowback ❤️ and #farmiswheretheheartis 🤗