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Clyde attacked
Sat 10-Nov-12
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Aly
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My lovely tri colour Sussex cockerel Clyde is in a bad way. Came home this afternoon to find him huddled out in the rain in the garden with awful injuries. He is now in a box next to the Esse trying to warm up. He ate a bit of grated cheese but I don't think he will make it. He was a strong and healthy bird and there has been no sign of trouble between him and the Orpington cockerels. I suspect it was another buzzard attack as the others were very agitated and hidden under the bushes. Bonnie seems ok and went into the barn with the others, she usually settles down with Clyde.

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Sat 10-Nov-12
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So sorry to hear that, Aly.  It must always be a worry at the back of your mind when your livestock is free range.  Have to say it does make me wary about having hens.

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Sat 10-Nov-12
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wave  So sorry to hear that news Aly. Thinking of you tonight and sending you hugs.  It is so upsetting when something like that happens.  big_hug 

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Sat 10-Nov-12
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Oh dear, lets hope he makes it through the night.

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Sun 11-Nov-12
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Oh Aly, so sorry to hear, never experienced anything likes buzzard attack, would it be better to humanly despatch him...Bearing in mind my recent dilemma with Judith's hen the other week, you know how rubbish I am at doing it. Poor guy.

Sun 11-Nov-12
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Oh Aly I feel for you, but I still would not rule out one of your other cockerels attacking him. I had that problem earlier this year. I expect you are right though, as they would be covered in blood too. If he makes it through the night it will be a good sign. Good luck to him (& you).

 

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Sun 11-Nov-12
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There was no sign of blood on any of the others which is why I think it more likely to be a buzzard. He is still with his morning and is standing up this morning. He also had a little chat with me. I will keep him warm and try to temp him to eat.

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Sun 11-Nov-12
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I am so glad he survived the night.....if he is standing & chatting to you it's a very good sign that he has the will to live. More important than food is to get him to drink water or better still some sloppy live yogurt, he must not get dehydrated. Are his wounds fairly clean, if not try to clean him up a bit &   apply something like aloe gel (I am a huge fan of this for animal wounds but the areas must be clean otherwise you seal in the dirt). Sorry I have just remembered you were a nurse so you know all about that. doh 

Hope he continues to improve.  big_hug

 

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Sun 11-Nov-12
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That's good news then Aly, hope he makes it through.

Sun 11-Nov-12
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Wounds clean, he is eating grated cheese at the moment and has drunk some water.

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Fingers crossed, Aly big_hug

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wave  Good news so far Aly.  He sounds like he is a wee fighter and hopefully will pull through now that he has survived the first and most traumatic night.  big_hug

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Sounds promising Aly, hope he survives. big_hug

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Sun 11-Nov-12
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Sorry to hear about Clyde Aly. One of the reasons we have ours in movable arks is the number of hunting birds in our area, we have eagles, hen harriers and ospreys, don't think we have any buzzards.

Yesterday our neighbours called around to our land and told us they have had some sheep attacked, it turns out they may have been attacked by wolves. We haven't had wolves in our area before eeek

Sun 11-Nov-12
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Aly , sorry to hear about Clyde, he sounds like a fighter though to have come through this far, every possible appendage is crossed this side of the water for him, keep us posted big_hug x

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