Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hector's bad day

Hector had a bad day on Sunday. We went out for a few hours in the afternoon, and returned to find Hector bloody and torn - specifically, his comb. After some expert CSI work by Kim the next day, we think the injury happened when he got his comb caught in the wire during a through-the-fence duel with Peewee.

Whatever the cause, we came home to Hector cowering on the roof of the nest-box shelter, shaking the dripping blood out of his eyes.

Poor Hector.

We scooped him up and brought him into the house for patching up and TLC. We cleaned up the mess, found the tear, cleaned it some more, and dabbed it liberally with antibiotic ointment, and through it all Hector stayed calm and patient and didn't try to peck us once.

Good Hector.

He spent the night in a cage in the infirmary (otherwise known as the yet-to be-finished powder room), which meant we woke in the morning to the distinctive sound of his Baroquely ornamented bass crow coming from downstairs. What a lovely alarm clock.

One night in the infirmary was all it took. To welcome him back to the chicken yard, Kim treated everyone to a round of fresh spinach in the new hanging feeders she fashioned from thrift store grilling baskets.

Happy Hector.


Natalie said...

Love a happy ending!
Take care Hector... we do not want that beautiful comb to suffer any more damage.
I like the hanging feeder. Clever and practical are a winning combination.

Paula said...

Poor baby! He's handsome!

Your Kim is one clever girl- I like the lettuce baskets and will probably be adopting that idea.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Poor Hector--I'm glad he's on the mend and feels better after spending a night in the infirmary and has had his confidence restored too!

Doc said...

My heart pounded when I read the title of your post. Poor odd Hector I thought it was going to be something that would tragically take him. The blog world would not be the same without an update on Hector. Tell Kim I love the greens holders, what a clever idea.

Joleen said...

What a brave boy!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

I'm glad to read he quickly recovered, what a trooper !

Negerigeletschtempoit said...

There you go, Hector boy! Glad to see you all better.

And what a neat idea Kim had for the salad feeder!

Toni aka irishlas said...

Hector the hero!

I'm glad there was a happy ending!

Linda said...

Glad Hector is ok and on the mend. My brother had a pet named Hector....It was a Tarantula...which I did not care for at all!

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