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.

Stock up on herbs & ointments for your home pharmacy …. and get $5.00 off  with this special code JUL 275  plus free shipping over $20.00

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!


  1. Nebraska Dave says:

    Anais, your compassion for your birds and animals has a lot to say about the healing process as well. Animals although on a lower order of intelligence still have that built in need to be touched and know they have worth. What do you think? Being interactive with your birds, you naturally will be able to catch things that are wrong much quicker than those that don’t see their birds except to feed them. The quicker the remedy is administered the better it is for the healing process.

    I would say that your birds and animals have a great place to live. They are loved and treated with respect. Have a great bird lover day.

  2. Marion Melchiorre says:

    Anais, I sure needed your herbs and ointments the other day. Or your brother FTP tell me to wait a day. My small dog was vomiting several times during the night.
    I thought she had eaten something not made to go through all the way. A chicken bone for example. She was in a park and ate something before I could get her to Xray, blood work ,antibiotics, hydration fluids.. Plus stuff toncalm her tummy,,,, and hundreds of dollars later.
    The next day she was her old self again. I learned to feed her white rice and chicken while she wasn’t feeling well. But I sure didn’t need the vet bill.

    What is included in the home pharmacy kit?
    Marion and Yoko,my dog.

  3. Mike @MyWhiteDoves says:

    I had a similar thing happen a while back with my White Homing Pigeons, I came out and the flesh around one bird’s right eye (normally a pale pink-white fleshy color) was bluish. Similar to you, I google… panic & then talk to some nearby ‘pigeon-guys’. After a short while, things went back to normal. Turns out it was probably a ‘wing-butt’. Pigeons, when vying for a nestbox, perch, etc. will whip their wings out at their opponent… this particular day, he caught it right in the eye! Alls well that ends well.

    Enjoy your sites!

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