Embracing the Elements

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ―     Albert Einstein


Crunch, crunch, crunch. The snow beneath my feet called me to the moment as I took one of my first winter walks since the last arctic freeze. I was inspired to bundle up and embrace the elements by my husband and daughter’s snow fort construction, with its front and back door and steps that lead to the upper back entrance. By far, the best part of my day. What is it about being outside? It seems to solve most my problems, or at least puts them in perspective.


I found our little bantam chicken Mille hobbling around the barn yesterday, so she and her sister Fleur spent the night in the Chicken Intensive Care Unit, otherwise known as the Kitchen (Fleur is hanging out purely as moral support). We think she has Bumblefoot, yet it looks different from the other cases we have seen in our flock. Usually there is a distinct black sore that varies in size, and can be easily treated. We did not see any such spots on Mille’s foot, yet there looks to be a small scratch between her toes. which can also cause Bumblefoot. We are soaking her foot in warm water with iodine, rinsing with hydrogen peroxide, packing the wound with antibiotics, wrapping with gauze, and orally treating her with amoxicillin 3x a day. Mille and her sister shared an apple, preened themselves, and then fell asleep tonight, perched together in the KICU.I am hopeful she will recover.



12 Comments on “Embracing the Elements

  1. I use it for everything. I’ve used it on the critters for infections, stuffed it into open abscesses, paper cuts, green worms, bleeding gums, whatever. When not near miraculous, it at least relieves pain.


  2. exception: I did not put it in my cat’s eye. I have recommended it for a gal’s tu-tu… and it worked. oh ya, and not great for the scalp only because it’s impossible to get out of hair (Chris is safe). Ask yer unkie Steve about THAT fiasco sometime.


  3. I Am Hopeful She Will Recover Too. Sounds Like The KICU is A Good Place To Go For Bumblefoot. What A Great Winter Fort In That White Collection Of Ice Crystals.


  4. I Use That Watkins Salve For A Million Different Ailments also. Ask Sabrina About it. She Has FIrst HAND experience, Yuk, Yuk.


  5. The fort looks great. Love the idea of an ICU for chickens. Lucky girls.
    Petro carb is quite amazing stuff.


  6. Before kids, some 35 years ago, we had a couple of Mille Fleur bantams. They were so cute. The male would scratch up a worm and call the female over to eat it. I was supposed to put them in the cage at night, but one night I let them nest in the tree they liked. Ooooops! The raccoon got them. My wife will never let me forget it. Hope you work out the Bumblefoot problem and keep them safe!


    • I just love Mille Fleurs. They are so sweet. Hate that when the foxes or raccoons get the chickens. Such a bummer. We have been lucky here with only one missing chicken in almost three years. I think its the goats. I guess not a lot of animals like to get close to them. Who know? Have a great week!


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