RIP Penguin

I’m sorry to say we lost Penguin after the coop remodel. As you can see in the picture and video we thought she was better but once we let her roam with the other hens she degraded quickly. I’ll remember her as being the happy lady she was when she was reintroduced back in with the flock. Her eggs were the so big they did not fit into the egg cartons so none of our customers had the pleasure of her wonderful eggs, but they were magnificent.

See Penguin enjoying one of her last days free ranging on the hens YouTube Channel:

Chickens Eat Yogurt?

Chickens eat yogurt? Why yes they do!

Trying to get Penguin healthy again I contacted the vet who suggested extra protein and calcium to help her. So I thought… do I get extra calcium in her diet? I heard a rumor that chickens love yogurt. I’ll give it a try. Of course it has to be plain, organic yogurt.

I started with just a spoonful and dipped Penguin’s break into it. At first she seemed irritated, but once she got a taste she went crazy and started gulping it down! I put a small dish in her cage and watched as her face got covered in yogurt! She tried everything to get it off her face. Wiping her face in her bedding and rubbing the sides of her cage was not helping. I even tried to help her but she wouldn’t let me touch her.  I finally gave up, laughed and took a little video instead.

Watch as Penguin deals withe her yogurt on the hens’ YouTube Channel:

Penguin Girl

More sad news to share…..

It was another hot day when we got home from work and one of the ladies was getting picked on. On closer look she was panting with her mouth hanging open and walking funny…like a penguin!

We quickly went into medical mode trying to figure out what was wrong and what we needed to do to help her. We quickly put some vitamin/probiotic water down her throat with a dropper thinking she was dehydrated. Then we dunked her in a tub of cold water. That seemed to cool her down and relax her. Finally, we put her into a cage in the cool barn covering with towels to let her rest.

Then we hit the books and the web. We decided she most likely had what they call being Egg Bound. An egg gets stuck in the chicken causing a lot of body stress and can result in death. This girl lays some very large eggs so we suspect that between the heat and a very large egg that this just might be the case here. We followed all the recommendations including holding the chicken’s rear end in warm water to relax her and hold moisture.

It worked! She finally laid that egg after 36 hours and then got back on schedule. Unfortunately she is still walking like a penguin. Not as bad, and getting a little better each day, but still not right. We think that extra large egg may have been too big and injured her back or something. We’ll just keep her comfortable and take good care of her until she recovers.

Watch Penguin Girl walk on the  ladies YouTube channel: