We’ll do whatever it takes to keep our chickens healthy at Blue Sky. You’ll never believe what happened last week to the chicken we now call “Matilda.”
Michelle told the following story: “When I was doing my afternoon rounds in the chicken yard, I saw a Barred Rock hen having a hard time standing up on her own. She appeared extremely fatigued. I immediately took her out and isolated her to observe her behavior and condition. I have been working with chickens for a while, and have unfortunately seen many pass.
“With my gained knowledge of chicken health (from working at Blue Sky) I concluded she wouldn’t live another day. Within two hours after I found her, she could no longer stand, drink, or eat on her own. She had labored breathing, a rattle in her lungs, and did not respond to outside stimuli. I made her as comfortable as possible and left her to sleep in the office.”
The story could end here, badly, but miraculously, the chicken continued to fight for life. She lasted through the night and into the following morning when the rest of the staff arrived. Sara has been a long time supporter of the ancient usage of acupuncture as a form of medical treatment, in which the body heals itself. Each of her dogs gets acupuncture for different sets of symptoms, and the process is tailored to each one. Luckily, the day of Matilda’s illness, Dr. Scott was on site treating the pups. The farm staff decided: why not try the same treatment on the ailing hen?
Matilda was an excellent patient. Dr. Scott used several needles and placed them at various places along the bird’s wing line, both sides of her neck, and at the back of her knees. Matilda sat still for the entire process, even as the pins were removed and Dr. Scott headed to the next animal in need.
Matilda got better each day after her treatment. She stayed at Michelle’s house at night for about 5 days, but during the day, Michelle brought the hen to the farm where Matilda would spend some time in the office and some of the day outside getting fresh air. On the sixth night, Matilda was healthy enough to go back into the coops with the flock.
Michelle said, “We are amazed at how far she came from what seemed like a hopeless state!”