The last 2 blogs were hard for me to write since I try to always see a positive to everything. Well, it made me think about what I have done or am doing to help some of my not so healthy chickens, who I refer to as my 'kids'I not only have very healthy chickens, but I will take any chickens people can't care for or are injured in anyway. I hope that with my care, I can save some of them, though its not always easy & some do not make it in the end.
I want to introduce you to Bowzer, my rumpless girl who was in my very first batch of chickens way back in 2008. I noticed when she hit about 2 or so months old, she would have these odd seizures where her head would jerk to one side & her left leg would lift up at the same time. This would occur almost daily & last for sometimes a minute & after wards she would be unsteady for a bit. First time it happened, it scared me to death thinking she was trying to die. Because of this, I decided she could not go out with the other hens because I was afraid they would hurt her either during her attack or after when she was trying to recover. She still has the seizures occasionally but otherwise is healthy.
As I write I have gotten 3 other Leg Mite hens from the same friend who I am trying to heal. These girls were given to me so they are now part of the household ER groups. One of them also has bumblefoot. As you can see, I am a stay at home wife or I could never do this. Each time one heals & goes back to being a happy chicken I am pleased that I was able to do something for them.
Now for that Marigold Salve recipe I said I would list for you. I found this in a turn of the 1900's book & made it up & love it. It works on people & animals. I have used it for a dog surgery wound, cut paws, chicken wounds of all types & people minor wounds.
Its very simple but you must watch it so it doesn't burn.
Fill a non aluminum pan with as much marigold blooms as you can (dried or fresh) cover in water & bring to a boil, shut off stove & let set for 1 hour of so & remove blooms & keep the liquid. should smell pretty strong. Add 3-5 pounds lard (not Crisco!) Put back on stove & heat to boil, now's the time you need to really keep an eye on it cause you want to boil all the water out. this can take hours but to me was worth it. Once you think you have all the water out turn off stove & let it set til the lard firms up. Take a knife & stick it in several places all the way down to the bottom of the pan. If you see water you need to heat it up again & remove the water...the water will cause it to mold & go bad if not all gone. another thing you can do is before it firms up is pour it into a bowl & stick it in the freezer to freeze. Once frozen, remove the lard from the bowl & the water will have frozen to the bottom which you can cut off. but please once you do this, put it back on the stove to remelt so any traces of water is completely gone. let cool but while still liquid pour into jars with tight lids. I store mine in the cool pantry & usually try to have a jar in the frig because in the hot months the cool salve feels good on scrapes. its also wonderful if you have cracked feet. Coat feet top & bottom with it & put on socks before you go to bed.
It has antibiotic & antiseptic properties to it & is not dangerous if an animal licks it or eats it.