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Date Posted: 20:18:04 12/03/15 Thu
Author: Sherry
Subject: Re: Chick can't walk
In reply to: D C T - friendly poultry orthopedist 's message, "Re: Chick can't walk" on 11:36:32 11/30/15 Mon

My chicken began walking yesterday, and today its balance is even better. I had held it the previous night, frequently stretching out the curled toes on one foot. It had previously been gaining strength, but I did give it 2.5 mg of prednisone for 3 straight days. I don't know if that contributed or not. It is also starting to get some red in its tiny comb, so I suspect it is a cockerel and may be getting some male hormones as you had mentioned. I wish it was a pullet, since it has become so tame, but I can't be picky. At this point, I am fortunate that it has recovered so well, and part of the reason I continued to try was because you gave me hope.😊
I know that it is "only" a chicken, but I feel responsible to be a good steward for the animals in my care. It was exhausting me to care for it for so long, and it was causing me to lose sleep due to it flopping around helplessly - even when in a sling suspended with elastic string. I also care for my mother who has Alzheimer's, so my patience is already worn thin. You at least provided an accurate diagnosis (a vet who was treating my horse told me the chick had a broken leg, but I knew that was not true), a course of treatment, and the hope that there could be a good outcome and that the energy would not be wasted.
Thank you SO much. I am also a Christian, and I admire that you chose to minister to others by helping the vulnerable critters and also that you do whatever you do to glorify God. I pray that God blesses you as you are blessing others. I will probably never meet you in this life to properly thank you, but I am confident that I will see you in heaven some day. Thanks again,
-Sherry

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