Yesterday, we had a BIG scare at BurkeyFarm.
After looking through the newest Food & Wine and Cooking Light magazine, I used the ladies room. While I was using the restroom, Mike looked outside as it did seem quiet, wondering where Tux (our puppy) was. Yes, things were too quiet for a reason and then I was interrupted by Mike to let me in on some terrible news. He found Tux mounted on Ollie (my spirit creature 2.0) and found that she was missing her feathers and had a gaping area on most of her back with her flesh exposed and that things were not looking so great. Of course, I rushed right out to see how she was doing and to be by her side.
After Mike made a quick call to our Veterinarian to get advice on what to do next (Dr. Fuxa at Highlands Bird and Pet Clinic), Mike rushed to get the car so that we could take her in to get looked at to see what our options were. Ollie was such a good girl and in such shock after what happened. She did so well, wrapped in a towel in my arms, on the ride in to see the Vet and during her visit with Dr. Fuxa. Dr. Fuxa gave us the option to keep her overnight, give some stitches to areas where they were needed, give her pain medication to tough it through this nightmare and to figure out what our next steps for at home care would be. We are still waiting to hear the news and when we are able to bring her home.
Please keep Ollie in your thoughts as we try to make it through her recovery. She is truly a special bird and has had a special spot in my (and our) hearts since we got all of our chickens last year.