And Her Name was Limbo

We fenced and gated around our house to keep the ladies from tearing up the perennial gardens. They did a number on the plants last year and we need the hens to stay out so the flowers can recover. Unfortunately they would squeeze under the couple inch gap beneath the gate. The brilliant man of the house came up with a fantastic solution……Zip Ties! Yes, that’s what I said! He bought black zip ties just the right size to wrap around the bottom bar and tip down created the block we needed!

A few weeks after it was working like a charm something happened. One of our buffs started meeting us inside of the fence at our back door. What the heck?! Somehow she managed to sneak through a slightly more open section. The funny thing was if we were headed out the gate, she’d squeeze back out. She just wanted to be where we were!
It was fun for awhile but chickens are smart and others were starting to follow her lead. Unlike our girl, Limbo…..(that became her name)…….the other hens just wanted to eat more of the garden.

So sorry Limbo, we had to line the opening with bricks so you have no way to get through anymore.

If you want to see Limbo on the wrong side of the fence you can see her on the ladies YouTube channel:

 

Injured Girl Back Home

8 months ago we had our first injured chicken. The front of her wings were pecked as well as the base of her tail. She already had a broken middle toe on her left foot. You can see it in the picture. Poor girl! She was at the bottom of the pecking order.

We separated her and fed her lots of high protein snacks to help her grow her feathers back. Every time we let her loose with the other girls they just wouldn’t leave her alone! She wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. She was so quiet and huggable we ended up naming her Sweetie. We had to feed and free range her separately every day.

After 8 months and testing her weekly with some of the quieter hens, most of her feathers finally filled back in and she had grown quite a bit. We covered her bare spots on her back with an apron, let her loose at free ranging time and watched her.

A couple of hens came up to peck her and guess what! She fought back! She finally built up enough confidence to stand up for herself!

YAY! Sweetie is officially back in Gen Pop!  (General Population)

See how good she is doing on the hens YouTube Channel: