It’s been awhile since we’ve posted how Amy’s doing these days.

She’s doing well.  Slowly, oh so slowly, improving.   Thanks to concern and feedback from one of our readers after I wrote her describing Amy’s present symptoms, we’ve both come to the conclusion that she could be very well suffering from a very, very bad pinched/pulled nerve.

You can read about it here, here and here

Though we are not sure if she’ll ever fully recover, we can hardly believe that she’s gone from looking like this (extreme shock)

to this

She’s one tough cookie!  We are continuing her massage, supplements and water treatments – so far so good.

This week Jordanne spotted her resting/balancing on one leg (that’s awesome) and she seems to be holding her neck slightly higher.  She’s even growing her tail feathers back (she had worn them away during her weeks and weeks of balancing spasms)

We learned a lot about the resilience of animals and ourselves thru this ordeal. (Read this entry about learning to rely on yourselves when it comes to treating your own animals)

When you bring living animals onto your urban homestead, they become part of you “Extended Family” and being in the city sometimes you are the only ones they can rely on when the get sick or injured and that’s a huge responsibility.

Our advice to folks is do your research first.  Besides learning all their is about housing and feed, learn about spotting/diagnosing and treating problems/illness/disease.  To often when we give our animals  to “experts” to deal with.  But when it comes to urban homestead you will have to ask yourself the question “can I do it myself”  The animal’s welfare is in your hands along with a responsibility to care and treat them.

You’ll win some and you’ll lose some, it comes with the territory.

It was a traumatic time for us all,and thanks to all those of you who told us you cared.


  1. Michelle says:

    Wow…Amy looks great! And I can’t help but wonder…with all of that extra attention and massages..if she’s not faking it at this point! (Just kidding…but it’s kind of a funny thought!)

    I am really trying to do as much at home as possible…including caring for my family’s ailments. There is so much we can do at home…we’ve been conditioned to think that we HAVE to go to the doctore with every little cough or sputter. And it’s just not true. Sometimes, all it takes is a little more time and patience…good food and broths…humidifier…fluids…and all is well in a few days.

    Anyway…I know we’re talking about ducks…not kids…but I agree with your point of taking care of things at home whenever possible.

  2. Heidi says:

    i’m so glad to hear that Amy is doing so well! She looks fabulous.

    you guys have mentioned that you worry about city livestock becoming trendy and I do too. We live in San Francisco and the nearest large animal vet that knows anything about goats is an hours drive away! A couple weeks ago one of my goats was injured (broke off a horn scur) and in the midst of dealing with a bout of food poisoning myself, I had to care for her. That’s just how it goes. No matter how you are feeling, you are responsible for that creature and have to suck it up and deal. I’ve also had to put down an animal who was suffering from an incurable disease. That was by far the worst thing I have ever had to do in my life.

    We’ve only been at this a year. Some days it’s really hard and stressful, but also incredibly rewarding. I write about my experiences on my own blog and for Civil Eats and I don’t spare folks any of the gory details. I feel like people really need to know what they are getting into if they bring livestock into their homes where there may be no one around who treats these types of animals. Folks need to be prepared to be their own vet.

    Thank you for keeping us updated.

  3. Laura says:

    It looks like you have done a great job with Amy. She is one lucky duck to have such great caregivers! Even in the country, you need to learn to take care of your own small livestock as most of the time the vet is very expensive to comeout and look at a chicken or rabbit. My husband has nursed many animals back to health over the years.

  4. Nancy says:

    Oh my gosh, what a difference! In the first photo, she looks like she is dying! I wonder what happened to the poor baby, another duck attacking her or something? Some weird virus? If one of my ducks looked like that I would probably have euthanized her. I am so glad she recovered!

  5. Ben says:

    Wow, those before and after pics are a testament to the dedication you gals have given her. What an amazing story.

    Jordanne has helped me with my current injured chick and her advice is incredible.

    Have you folks thought about writing a book on homesteading, animal, etc?

  6. kitsapFG says:

    Thank you so much for the update on Amy. I was wondering how she was doing. Having animals in your lives is a heavy responsibility and one that is so worth it!

  7. Anne says:

    I was checking out the stats listed on the page to the left and noticed they haven’t been updated, but I have a question- in the “Energy Used” area, do you also calculate what it takes to keep the server running for this website (including the email server)? Is that included?

    Wether or not, it’s still really amazing! I was just curious.

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