When we got our Chickens, Debbie and Ashley were only a few weeks old, with Debbie being the smaller one of the two. The journey from then to now, has been a long and hard one for Debbie. Bailey, our white hen, decided that she would pick on Debbie and would relentlessly peck at Debbie until she drew blood.
So we had to remove Bailey and watch Alice with the two younger chicks to see how she treated them. After a few days we reintroduced Bailey back into the chicken coop / run and it was obvious from the outset that Alice was now the top hen and well in control. Bailey did attempt to peck Debbie, but Alice quickly put a stop to it. – The black patch on Debbie’s head is one of the places Bailey pecked relentlessly, until we quickly removed Bailey from the other chickens.
A few days after Bailey was back living amongst the other hens, Debbie suddenly developed a loss of balance and the inability to stand or use her left leg and wing. No matter what we tried or how much we watched the hens, we could not work out why Debbie was suddenly this way.
After much research and attention to Debbie’s needs, we decided to isolate the two younger chicks from the bigger hens and put food and drink within easy access for Debbie, so she did not have to wander so far and try and use her leg / wing.
Slowly but surely, Debbie started to get better, leading us to believe that she had possibly injured her wing and leg. After around a week, Debbie is almost as good as gold. She is back walking on both legs, standing to feed and her wings are both in active use.
We have now allowed the little chicks back out with the bigger hens. We still watch Bailey with the chicks – So far so good, they all seem to be getting along well. Which is great news.
Ah the fun of raising chickens!
We have only had our Bunnies for around a month now, but it is incredible to see how big they have grown. Also along with their growth, has come the development of their own very different and distinctive personalities.
Sooty is more curious than Fluffy, she is the first one up to the door, when you go to play with them or feed them. She is more jumpy and full of life. Where as Fluffy is more cuddly and happier to be held. She always tries to nibble the children’s shoes and loves to follow them around.
Fluffy is obviously ‘fluffier‘ than Sooty and also bigger in size, but still they are both small bunnies and a pleasure to have as members of our family.
Well we finally manged to get our chickens – Last Friday to be exact. We had ordered a coop for them before Christmas and had organised to get 4 chickens from a guy at Tata’s work for us to keep. We opted for two chickens around 2 months old and two around 2 weeks old. The bigger chickens are easy to tell apart as one is white and the other brown. The little chickens are a lot harder to distinguish which one is which.
The children are excited about having chickens and have named the as follows:
So after much trouble, time and effort, the chicken coop is put together and the chickens have been introduced to each other again. They all come from the same place, so we are hoping for no trouble as they learn to live in their new environment.