Updated pics of Valentino and his healing eye and gorgeous foot mite free family

Valentino on day 1. Untreated eye abcess. Removed from plant nursery with his family, as not getting adequate medical attention.
Valentino a week after treatment under committed and compassionate volunteer Kim.
Painful foot mites, also left untreated.
Wife of Valentino, Rosie, and some of their off spring. All treated for foot mites
Bed time for this cute crowd.

Update from Kim on Valentino and his family

Two weeks ago we rescued this little family see


Kim offered to volunteer under our banner to care for this family until Valentinos eye healed, foot mites clear, and we find a suitable home for them. See Kim’s fabulous update below.

” Valentino and his precious family have been with me for going on two weeks now and have crept completely into the hearts of all of us. I named his lady Rosie, after my mom who had 5 children and was always clucking around keeping us from harm. The little ones are Junior (a chip off of dad’s block and takes over crowing as soon as dad is out of sight which is not very often), Midnight, Copper, Cinnabon, and Milli and Vanilli. And Vanilli was having crowing practice this morning too. Too precious for words. The improvement in the little big mans eye is vast and he can see me coming from both sides now. His feet are almost those of a ballerina, and they are just having the most awesome fun here in their little corner of paradise in Linden. Not a murmur from any of the neighbours either.”

Bantam rooster and family get assistance (and treatment of foot mites)

 On Saturday I was contacted by a woman Kim, who has re homed some chicks as pets for us before, and also taken a little exotic Canadian red head duck, Mo from us. Kim said she had seen a bantam rooster at a plant nursery with a swollen eye. He was with his family of 7, and the owners had no intention of getting him medical attention.

Kim has named this little man, Valentino, he has an abscess under his eye
Front view of abscess eye

Together we went back to the nursery and I managed to negotiate to take the rooster, and his wife and a small donation to cover some of his medical costs. Sadly, at the time we were not given the chicks, although later the owner agreed to let us re unite the family, so he would not have to treat the chicks as well.

Valentino was taken to our fabulous vet Jean Davidson at Craighall veterinary clinic. Jean said it was an abscess, but that he also had foot mites.  Both needed to be treated. I informed the nursery that the parents had foot lice, and it was contagious to other birds. They asked us to collect the chicks as well. Family re united.

Kim has kindly offered to do all the nursing and care of the family in a volunteer capacity under our banner, until they are healthy and we can re home.

Bantam family re united
Bantam family enjoy some radish leaves

Valentino had his op yesterday. Jean managed to drain a large amount of pus out, but not all. The abscess has been untreated for so long, that it has made a permanent hole in his palette. Soft food for a while is indicated. He goes back on Thursday for more treatment on abscess.  In the interim he needs anti bios and softening of the abscess with a weak betadine solution.

We are looking for a home for this lovely family. We will conduct a pre home inspection.

Treatment of foot mites

Foot mites on bantam rooster

Feet look scaly and porous. Almost like pumice stone. In many cases they have beige coloured calcified growths on them. These make walking painful and ultimately difficult, depending on how long the mites have been there.

Foot mites on bantam rooster


Get veterinary assistance.

3 drops on back of neck of Ivomec: Prop Glycol x once a week (500 gram bird)

Soak feet 2 to 3 a day in a weak, warm water betadine solution (the iodine kills the mites).

Massage feet with aqueous cream post soaking, and gently start to soften and work some of the calcification of the feet. This must be done slowly and gently over a few weeks. Do not start picking. This may make the feet bleed, and is not only painful, but leaves the chicken open to infection.

Continue this treatment until the feet are clean, healthy and mite free.

Foot mites are contagious (other birds).

SPCA visits Muk Muks previous home (altho home sounds nice)

SPCA went to inspect Muks Muks previous home. Broilers did have food and water at time of visit. Pleased that they had followed through on my chat to them on Sunday, but also means SPCA not able to confiscate. Lack of shelter not deemed to be adequate. Owners have been given till today to either send chicks to abbatoir, or provide proper shelter.

Owners have been told to upgrade pen for pigs. Apparently hutch that rabbit is in is ok, as she can turn around (!). We have poor laws and standards set for animal welfare. This does not take into account the psychological or real physical needs of a bunny.
I hope these chicks have gone to abbattoir, and their nightmare is over.
Muk Muk is a lucky girl. I have to believe that there is a greater plan, when I look at Muk Muk and wonder how she in particular ended up in my arms on Sunday, and went from chicken hell to a good life. I am not sure she knows how narrowly she escaped death this week, and a particuarly cruel death. Its her journey, and mine. I am sorry we could have not done that for all those little broilers.
Muk Muk doing well. Her wound is still stinky and rotten, but each day we manage to remove a little more of the infected flesh. Doing it slowly to try and limit distress and discomfort.

Muk Muk Baby Broiler

Our most recent addition to the sanctuary is a baby broiler (broilers are genetically modified for accelerated growth for the meat industry).  This is Muk Muk. On Sunday my car broke down out in the Magaliesburg mountains. I stopped at a roadside pub for assistance, and found an open (no shelter from elements) with aprox 40 broiler chicks in it. They were starving and had no water. The temp was 34 deg Celcius. I managed to negotiate immediate food and water for them. It was pathetic. They were cannibalising each other, and clambering at the fence to try and get out.

In amongst the mayhem of chickens fighting for the food and water now provided, I spotted a broiler with a large tear in her/ his side. I confiscated her immediately, and brought her home. Her name is Muk Muk.

On Sunday I was able to give her pain meds, clean the wound and apply an anti bio cream. Jean, our vet, checked her yesterday, and we continue with the same treatment, trying to get some of the grimy dirty scab that formed to slowly peel off at the edges. We can safely do this over a week, without subjecting her an anaesthetic and large painful clean.
Muk Muk is on a low calorie, high fibre diet. I would like to try and slow down her accelerated growth at this vital time of ligament, bone and muscle growth. This is her best chance of a successful life as a broiler.
Again I am reminded of how grotesque and disturbing it is to deal with a young broiler. Large body, oversized legs,  tiny comb, and a peeping chic inside that body. Muk Muk is looking for all the comfort and assistance of that of a 4 week old chick. In two weeks, she would have been ready for slaughter. This is the meat people eat.