It’s Sunday night.
One of our chickens, ‘Elua, has been hospitalized at Feather and Fur Animal Hospital in Kailua since Friday night.
First, the sanctuary. Now, this. It’s been quite an emotional roller coaster for me with these hens!
When we had brought her back home last week, we noticed she was a little lethargic and bloated. Turns out, ‘Elua was egg bound; meaning, she has an egg inside her that she can’t expel. To make matters worse, the egg, which wasn’t quite calcified, missed the fallopian tube and her belly was filled with fluid, making it difficult for her to breathe. We took her to the hospital on Friday night, where she was promptly drained of the fluid and put in an incubator (shown above), where she’s been recovering. She also has an infection, which requires daily antibiotics.
All this for a chicken that cost $2.
I feel badly for ‘Elua, like I should have realized her discomfort weeks ago. Early detection would have likely improved her chances of survival. Now, we’re not sure if she’ll make it through the week. But I don’t know much about chickens; this is my first time raising hens, and I didn’t even know they could be egg bound, which, as it turns out, isn’t that uncommon, especially for older birds.
It’s interesting how attached you can get to a chicken. I didn’t realize they had much in the way of a personality — but they do. ‘Elua is feisty, independent and ready for anything. She’s not timid or gentle like some others. She’s got a lot of gumption that makes me feel pretty confident if any bird was going to make it through this ordeal, it would be her.
So we’ll see.
I’ll find out more tomorrow and will keep you all posted.
Cross your fingers, paws and feet, please!