Every day, Farm Sanctuary receives numerous calls about animals in need of refuge. When they come in, we respond to the best of our ability, providing placement assistance through our Farm Animal Adoption Network or offering shelter and rehabilitative care at our sanctuaries. Welcoming new residents into our family is an exciting affair for all of us at the farm, and the day we met Peggie was no exception.
When our California Shelter got the call about this sweet hen over the winter, our hearts immediately went out to her. A woman from the Placerville area had found Peggie stuck in a backyard fence, helplessly dangling from one of her feet. Thankfully, the woman gently removed the hen immediately after discovering her and took her to a veterinarian, where she received emergency care. After Peggie was stabilized, her kind rescuer contacted us for help and we agreed to take her in.
All newly-rescued animals who come to our shelters receive a thorough health check upon arrival, and, at that time, we determine their immediate healthcare needs and a course of action. When Peggie showed up with her badly-injured limb, she was a very a sad sight to behold. The dead tissue on her damaged leg had spread above her ankle, and, after taking her to see our avian veterinarian, we learned that her foot could not be saved. But while this news saddened us, there was still hope for Peggie.
Due to her small size, our new little friend was an excellent candidate for surgery to remove the affected tissue and save the remainder of her leg. So, with a past record of success in giving birds like her a second lease on life through surgical procedures such as the one she needed to survive, we elected to amputate the lower portion of her leg.
I am pleased to report that, since the surgery, Peggie has been doing splendidly! She is not only able to move around easily, but can also usually be found busily searching out seeds in the straw to eat or finding the best places to sun herself. She has joined our special needs flock of chickens and turkeys who, like Peggie, have beaten the odds. It’s amazing how far this mighty little hen has come since she arrived, and we look forward to witnessing the next part of her journey!