Two of my girls are sick. They’ve got some sort of respiratory thingy. I fed them hot oatmeal and yogurt this morning, and Greta and Liesl were sneezing like mad. I thought it was from the sticky yogurt, but then I heard Liesl wheezing. Then I noticed the bubbles in the corner of her right eye.
I had a mild freak out. I don’t deal well with sick animals. I panic. I think they’re dying.
Backyardchickens.com to the rescue. Opinions differ – some say chickens can get colds; others say, nope, chickens don’t get colds. It’s possible it could be a respiratory infection (infectious bronchitis), but more than likely it’s a virus, and all I can do is wait it out. I quarantined Liesl in the garage because her nose is really runny (poor thing). I gave her some Super Booster, which has vitamins, electrolytes and a small dose of penicillin, just in case she does have an infection. I bought some Stress-Aid for the other girls, which is just vitamins and electrolytes. Greta may have to be quarantined as well, depending on how she’s doing tomorrow. I guess at this point it really doesn’t matter – they’ve all been exposed.
The good news is that they’re all still lively and hungry and thirsty, so it can’t be that bad of an illness. Today, when I picked up Greta to examine her, Liesl pulled a total Karate Kid move and attacked poor Greta by jumping in the air, flapping her wings and raking Greta’s face with her nails. She must’ve thought I was holding that bitch down for her.
I hate having sick animals. I feel so powerless. How do I make them feel better?