Lily’s blue dancing shoes are no more. They did however see her through till Monday which is not bad considering she constantly scratched around and took her regular dustbath under the bushes. After her dressings were removed I checked her feet and they already look to be healing quite nicely. Her stitches will dissolve eventually, right now she needs them wiped over each day with an iodine based antiseptic to keep nasty germs out.
All in all she is doing rather well considering, however, it is proving difficult to administer her baytril. The problem is she no longer trusts me, after all I am the nasty woman who put her in a box and took her to a place she did not know. Tempting her with favourite foods laced with baytril is fruitless, the other hens naturally want what is meant for Lily so I have to be damn quick before they snatch it, hens are as quick as lightning where food is concerned. Obviously we are not keeping or eating her eggs while she is being treated.
We decided to replace the wood chippings that are on the floor of the hens enclosure with straw ( the grass went a long time ago! ) to help Lily cope without her dressings. The girls are all enjoying scratching around in it, and snuggling into it now the weather has turned colder.