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« on: June 23, 2008, 11:48:45 PM »

It's been 3 weeks now & I think Miss Ginny the Guinea is going to live!  Something attacked her whilst sleeping on her nest.  I usually try to make sure she is in a tree but was busy that evening & forgot.  I went running out there as soon as I heard her screeching but all I could find was a pile of feathers.  Looked, looked & looked somemore but couldn't find her body.  Not unusual cause we live in the woods.  Anyways the next afternoon I was in the storage part of the barn for something & saw a movement.  It was Ginny, soaking wet (rained all night & morning).  All the feathers on her back were gone, her little tail looked like a chicken in the store..As I examined her I was shocked, most of the skin on her back was gone, huge holes, I could hear air coming out holes in her side when she struggled.  She had the energy to squawk though.  So I took her in the house & put her in a box.  Got the dog kennel, it's fairly large for an aussie & got it ready.  Then went to the feedstore & got terramycin for cattle, poultry & amazingly bees!  & bluecote wound stuff.  Put her in a towel, tried to dress the wounds, took 20 minutes to pick the vinca leaves out of the meat & from under the skin on her back..whatever was eating her alive!  She has big chunks missing.  She was getting stressed, no wonder so quickly put on Blue Lotion, made sure she had the water/antibiotics, food & put her in the box with a little prayer.  She didn't move much for a week but ate & drank.  I put the antiseptic on every other day.**.warning**,a half dead Guinea can fight & Blue Lotion doesn't come out of clothes or your skin! The second week she was moving about the crate, looking @ whatever I put in there.  She loves the mash I make for my cockatiels.  Yesterday Amanda & I got the chain link 5x5 dog pen ready..put 2 layers of chix wire under it, wrapping it up & attaching it to the sides...wiring all loose points down. Put a slab of plywood on the top for the rain & shade.  Brought her out in the kennel, put it in & out she came. She was making those cute little noises they make, so happy to be back outside, although upset being confined.  I locked her in the plastic kennel in the dog pen for the night cause she is still weak & not perching right.  Today she has been toddling around the pen, picking & eating grass making happy little noises.  We did put another coat of antiseptic on her before letting her loose in there.  Amanda now knows 1st hand that Ginny can fling the stuff onto your neck & clothes.  I told her she can tell her boss it's a "Buckley hickey" Ginny still isn't completely out of the woods yet, the wounds were horrific so infection is still a possibility & she limps a little. Don't know if she will ever get feathers on her back but some are starting to grow on her tail.  She is such a cool little thing so ugly she is cute. Better get out & make sure she went into the plastic kennel for the night. This is why I didn't realize the bees were starving. Saw a bunch by the hives but Ginny had been in the house so I thought it was just that she wasn't outside to eat the dead ones, well until there were masses & some were still moving embarassed Animals are amazing at what they can handle & survive!  Jody
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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2008, 08:30:08 AM »

I am always amazed at the amount of damage a bird can take and live, now that I've been reading about chickens and some horrific predator attacks, it's truly awesome that they can recover from such a horrible thing.  Good for her!  I hope she makes it all the way back.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2008, 02:16:52 PM »

Jody, what an ordeal!!!  I can't believe what happened to Miss Ginny, I am amazed that she has pulled through like she has.  It was your loving, motherly hand that did this for her, yeah!!!

Now when you get your bees to produce honey, and that day will come.  Use honey in your home as a first choice for antibiotic, before any other antibiotic.  There of course other circumstances when actual phamaceuticals must be used though too.  I have a bottle of honey that I have propolis suspended in.  That is my first choice for any kind of wound dressings, and I have seen miracles with this little jar of medicated honey.  I kid you not.  Honey is becoming so widely accepted in the medical field as an antibiotic, many of the modern medications don't work any more, but honey does.  So does colloidal silver water....we have that in our home too.  I make the silver water myself and it costs only pennies.

The other day I found a chicken in the chicken coop that had got her leg stuck in a crack (that crack is now closed).  She must have been hanging upside down for a good many hours, maybe even overnight.  I had my doubts that she would ever be whole again.  I put her in a small cage so that she could only rest and eat.  A few days later, she laid an egg.  Wonders.  I let her out of the little cage into the place where we are keeping the chicks until they are old enough to go with the friends in the chickenyard.  She walked reasonably well and yesterday, I would say she should be going back home with her other boys and girls.  She has 100% recovered.  Yeah!!!!

Animals do have an amazing instinct to live....we see that time and time again.  Beautiful day in this wonderful life. Cindi
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