Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bad, bad Monday.

AFTER superglue on head wound
Even by Monday standards, yesterday was the worst. I discovered a wasp nest in the sheep's hoop house by getting stung twice in the back of my head. Then I came home to a voicemail from Jordan with the worst possible news. As I was throwing hay and feed around so I could leave to go up to her farm, I discovered one of the Cordon Bleus had been cornered and practically scalped by the other hens. I quickly put her in a rabbit cage, brought her into the laundry room, dabbed at her bloody head and headed up the mountain. Words escape me, too. The horrors of what Jordan found even got to the state trooper and my friend, the dog warden, who has seen it all. There was little comfort I could give Jordan, other than to reassure her that there was nothing she could have done. Once a dog turns vicious predator, as her neighbor's dog did, there is nothing that will stand in its way. When I came home later, my scalped chicken was still pretty perky, so I called my neighbor to consult on how to address this gaping head wound. She came over with super glue and we glued the skin back together. There's still a wound, but she's safe from flies, has food and water, and I clean the wound with peroxide twice a day. This morning, before sun-up, I went out to the hoop house with a paper bag, knocked the wasp nest into it, took it out to the driveway and burned the sucker.


thecrazysheeplady said...

The worst nightmare :-(

melanie said...

Superglue! What a stellar idea!

Susan said...

TCSL - yes, it was. Thinking about things like that can keep you up all night. Not surprisingly, the neighbor with the dog is a complete scuzzball.

Melanie - who would have thunk it? Kayten, of course!

Unknown said...

It might've been OK to let the dogs run loose before, but once Jordan got goats this lady had a neighbor with *livestock*! It's NOT OK to let YOUR dogs run loose around your neighbor's livestock!

Judy said...

I was shocked and saddened to read about Jordan losing her goats.

Mama Pea said...

I'm so glad you could go be with Jordan. That's a really bad thing to have to deal with alone. I'm still feeling more than a little shocked with what happened.

I'm glad the state trooper and dog warden were as affected as they were by the carnage. Perhaps that will carry more weight in dealing with the *$#!& neighbor.