Penny Chicken's Medical Care
Penny the Silkie Chicken is one-half of the Dynamic Duo, Roo & Penny Chicken., rescued from a testing facility when she was only a few weeks old. Together, they have been featured on National Geographic's Unlikely Animal Friends show, Sunrise Australia, the Gwinnett Daily Post, Caesar's Way Magazine, Nat Geo Wild's magazine, a dozen news stations, and several books such as Unlikely Friendships:Dogs as well as children's books. Together, they visit children's schools and community events, and during the days they can be found in the reception area of Duluth Animal Hospital greeting clients and visiting with people.
Early on Jan. 7th, Penny Chicken was found gasping and convulsing with no obvious cause. She was rushed to the Emergency Hospital at the University of Georgia and an avian/exotics specialty team called in. She was not expected to survive long but has so far surpassed expectation and is still hanging on. She is on round-the-clock intensive care, on oxygen and IVs, and has already had several bouts of bloodwork and testing, radiographs, and ultrasound. It was found she had two eggs impacted in her abdomen. We are currently working to stabilize her before discussing further options such as CT scans and surgery. The rising costs of continued emergency exotic animal care necessitated help in order to provide Penny with anything she may need in order to pull through. Her family, her best friend, and her friends at the animal hospital want her back. Thank you for all the love and support we've received for Roo and Penny Chicken from all around the world.
Unfortunately though, on the X-rays it was found that a large piece of her skull is missing and it is thought that her body is breaking down her bones in order to use the calcium and the thin skull is disappearing. This means her brain is fully exposed below the skin and the slightest bump to it could kill her. We are looking into options to protect her brain while we attempt to regrow her skull, after we get her through this crisis.