Then it hit me .. the chickens! We didn't put up the chickens or the goats before bed!!!!!!!
I quickly told honeyman and he jumped out of bed grabbed his gun and was out of the room like a bullet.. I wasn't far behind him...
We had spent the day at the RV show in Dallas looking at campers... we ate out.. we had gone by Whole Foods for a few items... I don't know why we didn't think to put up the animals.. I know crazy.. but we didn't .. neither of us! I will admit I usually do it so I can see honeyman forgetting but me?
So we get out there and Greystone one of our Bantam roosters is in the chicken corral not the coop... grey feathers all around on the ground.. he is upright and walking though very stunned... I was afraid to go in the coop as I just knew there would be chickens missing heads all in here..Stupid raccoons..
I picked up greystone and he was..... well shell shocked..though not bleeding anywhere... I carried him to the chicken coop as soon as honeyman said the rest of the chickens were ok.. Apparently Greystone must have tried to fight off the predator that I can only assume was a raccoon as there were feathers inside the coop as well and all the eggs were gone (which should have been there since I had not been in there to get them) sighhh........ he is like that..Greystone is the protector and though he is in rooster size a chihuahua he thinks he is a Great Dane rooster... bless his heart..
I placed him on the platfrom / roost with everyone else and they huddle around him surrounding him .. the big girls literally enclosed him nearly burying him... then little D"uccle squeezed her way through the big girls to get to him.. He and D'uccle have a thing going you know..
I couldn't have felt worse.. It was my fault.. I was thanking everything in the universe no one was dead.. We then locked up the coop and went to lock up the goat gate as well!! .. I laid in bed feeling like the worst person on the planet... I talked to God a while. That always calms me down..
Got up this morning.. Greystone was pale or his comb and waddles were.. He was in shock no doubt it seemed.. He did get his color back in his comb and waddles fairly quickly and I thought he will be ok.. whew...but as the day went on... his face was swollen his one eye in question ... sighhhh
I have him in a large sized dog crate inside the chicken coop ... as he needs time to heal.. I have made him doctored water and fed him eye droppers full.. its got arnica, vitamins, electrolytes, and a dab of molasses in it.. I have made him a salad of organic corn, organic sage and comfrey , organic garlic.. its all diced up for him.. I have also put his regular organic chicken food in there .. I did get him to eat some cantaloupe during the day... I picked fresh rose petals and sprinkled them all in his fresh hay bed in case he wanted some of those to eat.. I cannot even tell you how bad I feel... this was allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll my fault.. I forgot to close the chicken coop up... geesh I could just kick myself from here to Dallas .....
He surely is not himself.. the shock and physical attack ... I just want him to be able to get well..
I am hopeful he will recover.. but I just don't know at this point.. sometime I think he is going to be ok and then others he seems to out of it and bad that I don't know :O(........ thankfully the goats were fine,we closed their gate after closing up the chickens... I guess my brain was just off in some other world last night.. Honeyman felt bad too and said he should have put them up too that he knew it needed doing just as well as me.. I said well we just totally screwed up, didn't we... sighhhhh