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Hatching A Plan!

Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary is helping a tiny chick get on her feet...

Little chick Mon Amie has had a rough start to life. While the other chickens in the Melbourne’s school hatching project cracked through their shells and hopped around, Mon Amie lay on her side, twitching.

The tiny chick was initially diagnosed as having an angular leg deformity, also known as 'splay leg' - luckily, one of the school’s parents was able to get Mon Amie to Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary in Lancefield in the Macedon Ranges, outside Melbourne.

Further investigation at Edgar’s Mission revealed the chick's condition was worse than earlier thought and little Mon Amie underwent surgery. Now, with a splint and tiny red bandages in place, the little chick has taken her first steps.

The staff and volunteers at Edgar’s Mission have started the ‘Hatching a Good Idea’ initiative to provide information on hatching chicks including watching video links of chickens hatching as well as egg hatching model kits which enable young students to receive ‘hands on’ experience with hatching.

Farm visits also provide a way for children to meet and learn about chickens in a safe environment.

For more information on Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary, visit their website here

Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.