Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Chicken update

I let Mama Hen take her chickies out into the chicken yard and spend the day showing them how to scratch in the grass, and by the end of the day she was down a chick! No idea what happened to it. So I caught her and put her in a dog crate and moved her and her chicks back into the coop for a while longer.

I also put my two young roosters on CL and within 10 minutes I had someone coming to pick them up - now that's quick! I figured it was better than feeding them for months and then giving them away! From now on I'm giving roosters away as soon as I am sure they are roosters!

Beautiful, my big friendly Buff hen, has had some feathers out of place for a week or so. I posted a picture of her a couple days ago looking out the coop door, and you can see her feathers on her thighs are fluffier on one side than the other. I picked her up to look at it a few days ago but couldn't see what was going on - she's very fluffy. Today I picked her up and just happened to get the right angle, and it looks like a big flap of skin on her side has been peeled back and is just hanging there with the feathers on it! Nothing looks goopy or infected, the exposed muscle looks dry and hard, the flappy skin looks dry, and her attitude seems to be fine, she's hanging out and eating and acting normal. Will the flappy skin just fall off on it's own, or do I need to get involved somehow? I asked my chicken friends and they seemed to think that if it didn't look sore and infected, I should just leave it alone. She doesn't seem to be suffering, she's happy as usual, following me around. I hope this all turns out ok, she's my favorite in the group.



Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Sounds like it's already healing, so I bet she'll be fine. But get yourself some Vetercyn for any future accidents, cuts or scrapes. Works wonders!


StefRobrts said...

Thanks, I'll have to look for that. I can't figure out what she might have done it on, I just hope it was a one-time thing!