When it comes to raising barnyard animals in your city backyard, one crucial piece of advice (besides having a safe and secure house and compound) is having the ability to treat sick and or wounded animals.
Those who share their lives with all creatures great and small know the simple blessings. Especially, when a day goes by and all is well with your animals, one certainly breathes a sigh and says a quite prayer of thanks.
This past week, one of our ducks seemed to have gotten poked in the eye. Actually, I think straw is the most likely culprit… we had just put down a fresh (salvaged) bale the other day and, that morning, they were all drilling with their bills to find plump worms.
I let them out in the morning and all was well. Then, an hour later when I came to feed them their breakfast, one was sitting there with her eye all closed and weepy. ” Oh dear!” I thought, “what on earth happened?” I’ve ruled out being pecked by a chicken because our chickens couldn’t care less and they weren’t even out that early.
It looked pretty bad; but I started washing it out 2-4 times a day with aloe, colloidal silver, and putting on natural ointments (like vitamin E) Finally, it’s looking better (what a blessing!). I was worried there for a time that she might not have an eye. Oh, a bit of a warning: If you try Googling eye problems in ducks, you would start to think that your duck has some horrible contagious disease. Now, I am all for caution; but, sometimes, searches get me tied up in fits, thinking the worse and that the animal is on death’s door. Jordanne, being a bit more sensible, has to calm me down and has taught me to “listen” to the animal’s overall well- being. This will tell you a lot!
As I said, for the life of me, I can’t figure out what happened. Just a freak accident, I suppose. But that just goes to show you that, with raising any animals in the city, you really have to learn to the art of observation and know some basic info about problems, causes and treatments. Of course, this is a challenge if you want to do it naturally and holistically rather than grab for the ordinary antibiotics that Vets and Feed Supplies try to force you to buy. Going about treating the natural way does take longer and you have to be committed to give the animal a little more constant care.
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Also check out my sister’s site Barnyards and Backyards where she’s written a lot about her passion of raising animals in the city. Think there’s also a GIVEAWAY going on too!