I know you're all on pins and needles waiting for the latest Marilyn Monroe update. If you remember, she is the chick we got who is blind. Well, we've got good news and bad news.
First the good news: She's eating! Woo Hoo! And she is now eating like she's been starving for a few days. Oh, wait... she has been....
But, the bad news is HOW she's eating. I finally got her to eat this morning by making a mash of the chick feed and warm water, holding her in my hand and essentially shoving her face into it. She was looking pretty peaked this morning so this was literally going to be do or die. And she ate a little. Amazingly enough after eating, she was scratching around and pecking the floor, which she had never done before. But, I put her near the food and she still couldn't find it.
The solution: I'm feeding her in a box. Yup, I've got a small box (actually the one we brought the chicks home in) with a small container of mash in it. I put her in the box and she pecks around until she finds the food. By putting her in a small box her chances of finding the food are greater and without the wood shavings in the bottom she isn't picking up non-edibles all the time. But it's really kind of sad to watch because she often 'loses' the food dish and then pecks around the bottom of the box until she finds it again. She also is so small that she isn't holding her body temperature well and gets cold quickly. So feeding her is a chore of putting her in the box for a few minutes, putting her back in with the others so she can warm up under the brooder lamp and repeating the cycle a few times.
At least she is getting quicker at finding the food dish in the box the more times we do this. Of course, I wonder what I'm getting myself into. Just what I need, a high maintenance, special needs chicken. But, at least this is giving her a fighting chance to figure out how to fend for herself.
Yeah... I'm sure there are many people who will tell me I should have just culled her or let her die. But she is awfully sweet.