She’s a Spring Chicken

Slice of Life 2019: Day 21

A follow up to Stitching a Chicken …

Betty has survived! Now, she’s a spring chicken.

Here is a link to the post I wrote just a few days after her surgery back in January: Stitching a Chicken.

Poor Betty had a 3 + inch laceration on her left flank, down into her leg. She looked as if she were prepped for a rustic cooking demonstration. The horror! It was later discovered that a fouled patch of chicken wire in the coop ripped her from stem to stern! I figured any intervention we made on her behalf was a shot in the dark. Yet, as a spry young thing, she managed the surgery and recovery without a hitch.

In fact, I am completely beside myself with wonder at how she survived this catastrophic injury.

The photos above show her just minutes after the sutures were secured and all through her first week back in the coop.

Today, the first day of spring, I went out to the coop to get a closer look at her healing wound. I didn’t know what I find when I started looking through her feathers at her pinkish skin. She’s been eating well, hanging with the flock and moving fine around the yard: all good signs.

To my amazement, all I could find was a bald patch, a small scab and some purple antiseptic still embedded in her feathers.

This makes me very happy. And, its another reason why I love my hubby! He’s always up for a good livestock medical challenge. Congratulations and many thanks to our surgeon.

Now Betty’s a spring chicken! Hooray!

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