Saturday, January 25, 2014

It Wouldn't Be Winter Without....

....some sort of farm animal recouperating in the living room.  Now, would it?


I found this little lass huddled up in the bottom of the coop this afternoon when I did the rounds.  Seems she'd been picked on and her comb was bleeding.  She's not putting any weight on one foot, so I'm thinking a chicken splint of some sort may be in order.  However, she did eat a little and drank quite a bit.  She's currently in this old box in front of the wood stove warming up.  I have some hope for her, as she's perked up a little since she came in, but she's still pretty peaky looking to me.

We'll have to see how it goes.

When I found her in the coop, I considered just leaving her be, and letting nature take it's course.  Frankly, I was kind of surprised at myself.  Seems I've been looking too much at the "big picture" lately, and not attending the little things, because if I was, I wouldn't have hesitated. 

She's under my care, after all.  My responsibility.

Seems I may be a little out of practice with compassion. 

Well, time to flex those "muscles" again.  Winter makes me want to hibernate--in more ways than one.  But I think that with this little girl's help, maybe I can pull out of it.  And I can pull her through as well. 

That'd be my hope.  Maybe we'll pull each other through.

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4 comments:

  1. Bless you real good. That's my old friend and do-it-yourself vet that I remember. The winter is very wearing on us too. The wind is nearly driving me out of my mind.

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  2. It is a constant struggle isn't it? It is the right thing...I went out in a 5 degree windchill to wrap blankets and tarps around our rooster tractor...I kept muttering "but we're going to eat them," but the "my responsibility" part obviously won.

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  3. Not it shouldn't be winter without a critter in the house in need! Can't escape it.

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