Everyday life here on the urban homestead means caring for plants, animals, insects (bees) and even people. The urban homestead lifestyle is not a part time hobby or hip trend “of stiff new overall wearing, organic straw eating farmers” Instead, it’s a practical (not so glamourous) lifestyle and lifelong pursuit that involves in caring for living things from birth till death, in sickness and in health.
Shortly after we first moved from the country to the city to back in 1985, Farmer D aqured a few hives and we’ve been caring for animals ever since (chickens, rabbits, ducks and now goats). Through trials, we’ve had our fair share of learning experience – some successful and others not so successful.
One thing we have learned is having and raising animals on the urban homestead requires one to be chief caretaker and vet – on call 24/7.
This week on the urban homestead we are treating Sairey Gamp for a case of bumble foot. Sairey has a habit of running in circles around the animal enclosure. Sounds like she’s a bit off her rocker, but she’s been doing this since she was a chick and hence the colorful Dicken’s character name. But her odd and silly behavior has gotten her into trouble it seems.
How she got bumble foot?
Well, for one thing the chicken coop and an enclosure is clean so we believe she must have poked the bottom of her foot with a piece of straw or mulch on one of her spur of the moment run-a-bouts. To treat this case of bumble foot, Jordanne’s been treating her foot twice a day. Soaking the foot in epsom salt, applying tea tree oil, for good measure adding a bit of extra apple cider vinegar to the water (which we do on a monthly basis to ensure the overall health of the flock) and taking all necessary precautions with such an infection.
Though bumble foot is not something to take lightly, a good sign is that she’s showing no lameness and is acting and walking quite normal.
In the past we’ve quite successfuly treated bumble foot in one of our ducks. Though with chickens it’s a bit different, however, treating animals holistically takes time. We learned through experience, requires a lot of patience… and prayer for the best possible outcome.