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June 2016

O’possum, My Possum

I would like to introduce Riley Jenkins and Oscar De La Renta to you.

 

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Riley Jenkins and Oscar De La Renta – May 4,2016

 

They are two of the three baby Virginia Opossums that found their way into our lives.  They were born somewhere under my front porch. We kept hearing the dogs go nuts every time the mother would come and go. That is, until the day one of my cats got a hold it and left these little guys motherless. There were three little babies in the beginning but one of them I guess had been the last one born because it didn’t have all of its hair yet. We were only able to keep it alive a few days but the other two are doing great.

I was always told to stay away from Opossums because they may have rabies, but after doing lots and lots of research, I now realize that’s just not the case. It is just about impossible for opossums to get rabies … their body temperatures are too low for rabies to survive. People think they have rabies by the drooling that opossums do. The truth of the matter is that they are just scared.

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Oscar taking a nap- Isn’t he cute!

We have these little guys for almost two months now and they are still sweet as can be 🙂 They have grown quite a bit and I will take more pictures of them, later on, to show you.

As for what we feed them…They eat almost everything you can think of except for fishy types of food. Like crab, tuna and shrimp. They will not touch them for nothing. But you give them a peanut butter cracker or hard boiled eggs and they go nuts for it! They also love chicken and cat food. They have about 50 teeth which helps them eat all kinds of things including the bones of chickens.

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Sweet Riley Sleeping

So far these guys seem to be highly entertaining and awesome as pets. They do have a few faults though like not being able to see very well. They get scared really easily. Sometimes they even get scared when I reach my hand into their cage and sometimes I do worry that they will bite. Once they figure out who it is reaching their hand in though they calm right down.

All in all, I think these two little guys are awesome! I also think that if I had to do it all over again, I would do it happily!

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Do you use honey to treat your poultry?

This sad little chick was born yesterday. We are going to call it Sweet Pea until we know whether it’s male or female. We had two hens sharing a basket to lay on the eggs until they hatched. They would each take turns sitting on them so the other one could eat. They also co-mother the little chicks together.

They really are a great team which is why I don’t understand why after hatching five of the chicks they decided to start killing every one after that. They killed four of the new babies and they tried to kill little Sweet Pea but, it was stubborn and the poor little thing clung to life as best as it could.

The wound on this chicken is pretty deep. Being the overprotective and worried chicken mom that I am, I started asking everyone I knew that knows about chickens how to treat this wound. I was so worried that it wasn’t going to make it. Every single person that I asked except one person told me to use honey! I just couldn’t believe it!  I thought honey would be very bad for it because it’s so sticky. I just knew the hay, dirt and everything else would stick to it and ultimately get it infected. So I decided to do a little bit of research to check this out before I made everything worse with a big sticky mess.

After looking at a lot of websites, I have decided to give the honey a chance. I found out that most people and quite a few vets think it’s better to use honey than antibiotic cream. Also, you have to use raw organic honey because the pollen is where the antibacterial goodness comes from. So I ended up cleaning the wound with warm water and then hydrogen peroxide. After that is when I applied the honey. The honey seemed to go on a lot better than the antibiotic cream. The antibiotic cream usually just slides around when you try to apply it to the wound and especially if it is wet or still bleeding. When I applied the honey, it stayed right in place 🙂 I ended up applying the honey three times throughout the day because I was worried about infection as I said earlier.

When I checked on Sweet Pea this evening the wound looked a lot better! A lot of the redness has gone away and it must be helping because Sweet Pea isn’t hollering like she was most of the day. She actually seems a lot happier. She is walking around just chirping to herself quietly.

So, in the end, the honey won! I have never seen such a drastic turn around like this with antibiotic cream.

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*Update- Sweet Pea is doing much better! Here’s a picture from the next morning…I have to admit that honey stuff really works!

 

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Sweet Pea looking a lot better!

 

 

 

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