This is the second spring snow and this time the ice on the top of the run grew so thick it collapsed the framework holding the top fencing up. Time to replace the frame with meta piping.The girls wouldn’t come out of the coop until they could see the sun. Luckily it only took a day.
A couple months ago I told you the story of our first injured chicken. Well, she is still healing with more injuries.
It started with a broken toe that made it difficult for her to get around, then a chunk taken out of one of her wings. At first we thought she was caught on something but now believe she’s at the bottom of the pecking order and the mean girls are pecking at her. She now has a chunk out of the other wing and we’ve caught hens pecking a spot at the base of her tail feathers. Every time a feather starts growing back it gets yanked out by one of her sisters!
It’s hard to suddenly realize how awful chickens can be, but it’s all part of their survival instinct. Weak chickens can put the flock at risk in the wild. I think it’s easier to accept if you look at it this way.
Injured girl is now living in the “time out” pen where she can be close to the flock but out of reach from harm. Her feathers are finally starting to grow back and fill in. She sweetly talks to us and lets us pick her up now.
Most people who sell eggs for a living would have gotten rid of this little girl by now but guess what……this chicken has been known to lay 2 eggs in 1 day! That’s unheard of under her condition! Looks like TLC goes a long way.
Just goes to show you, a little love for your animals pays you back.
Meet Injured Girl on the chicken’s YouTube Channel:
We have a daily ritual of cleaning the poop off the deck under the roosts. It should be a quick job but the girls like to make it difficult.
The 3 largest girls jockey for position as the mother hen and cover each other when the other 2 aren’t around. They are very protective of the other chickens. If we pick up a hen and she squabbles, 1 or all 3 of them run up and start pecking our legs!
When we clean in the coop we try to keep the girls outside with snacks or opening their run for free ranging, but some will stay in the nesting boxes or just hang out. When we start scraping off the poop deck those 3 big hens jump on the roosts and give me an ear full squawking like crazy! We can still get the work done but how protective do you have to be over poop! I don’t know whether to call it annoying or entertaining. You decide. The video below is on their YouTube channel.