Maicey Update 1 

It’s Sunday and Maicey has been in the med cage since Friday afternoon, being treated for her wound – most likely a spur injury – with Scarlex oil , vitamin B and lots of rest away from the Boys.

It looks like her wound is healing nicely.

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This is how it looks this morning.  It appears to losing nicely and even though I haven’t treated it since last night, I was able to touch it without her showing signs of distress.

Compared to what it looked like Friday, I’m calling it good and on the mend.

As of last night, Maicey was back to acting like herself and not the scared little rabbit I described in the last post.   She spent most of her exercise time trying to get back into the coop with the rest of the flock, as well as trying to fly into the rafters.

Because, let’s face it, chickens are social animals and she’s been kept away from her family.   Even if it is for her own good.  Which it is, because if we put her back with them before she is better healed, she could get re-injured.

As a compromise, I’ve decided to start letting her out into the tunnels during the day time.  They were built, as you may recall, to help last spring’s brooder babies to integrate with the big ones.   We had them split on the other half of the coop, and the tunnels gave them a place to go outside in a safe an protected environment until the Integration.

Mostly, now they are a place the chickens rarely go.  A change of pace or a place to explore with curiosity.

But for Maicey, they could provide her with more space to walk in, a pace to dig and dirt bathe, green stuff to eat … and yes, access to her friends while she heals.

The curious thing is, her flock mates have kept her company today. A lot. I’ve been down to check on them several times this afternoon and there have been chickens in the run communing with her all morning.

Also, Dots got his mani-pedi today, too.  I’ll post something about that later.  🙂

 

 

A Diferent 10th Week

Well, I have discovered the one “con” to putting the Littles in the chicken tunnels.

I can’t take decent pictures of them for the week-aversary updates.

Phooey.

Instead, I took random pictures of them in the tunnels and fed them some dandelions so I could watch them play.

And the dandelion salad… sorry it’s not as good as my usual videos. The chicken wire gets in the way, and if I put my phone to the wire so the camera lens is looking through the holes (so no wire shows) I’m too close to the chicks to see more than their backs.

Happy 10th Week, Littles!!!

Chicken Tunnels, Part 2

Our chicken tunnels became a reality this weekend.

DH spent most of the day on Saturday measuring and building the last of the enclosure and new ramp.

We put the access door on the inside of the ‘grow up coop,’ as a slide up door.  It slides out, and then little ones can go outside at will now.

The first day was difficult for them, because they couldn’t figure out how to go up the ramp and I think they spent a good 4 hours outdoors with no access to water or their food because they wouldn’t go up the ramp.

Little Dude actually squeezed himself into the small chicken door and into the enclosure to “help” them learn the ramp.

Yesterday, we just opened it and let them go on their own. They all did fine.

 

They really do seem to like it and the new found freedom it allow.

And I’m enjoying the chance to see how this change in venue brings out their personalities.  The 6 little boys spent the first day having ‘rooster races’ from one end of the tunnel system to the next.   The girls explored and scratched in the dirt.

Black Jack and Dots got to “face off” on opposite sides of the fence.  Jack in definitely an alpha rooster, and Dots definitely sees him as a tiny little nemesis.  They pace, crow at each other… and there is lots of bluster back and forth.

A part of me would love to keep Black Jack.  He’s a beautiful boy and very friendly otherwise.

But a part of me thinks he and Dots will have an all out war once integration happens.  And let’s face it… integration is going to happen.  I’m aiming for sometime in the 14-17  week range, so that’s really only about a month and a half away.

Does anyone want a beautiful Australorp rooster?  10 weeks old, very friendly and handsome?

 

 

Chicks in Tunnels, Part 1

Well, now that my Littles are getting bigger and have all their feathers, we’ve been busy devising a way for them to use the run and go outside on nice days -if we ever GET ANY nice days this Spring – and still keep them relatively safe. 

I have, in occasion, brought a couple of them outside at the same time as the Big Flock and it was … Interesting.  Peanut and Lola antagonized a couple of the older hens and then freaked out when the hens tried to defend themselves.  

I am unsure if the older girls would have hurt them had I not been supervising, because they did not hurt Pip even after Abby stopped defending him.  Mostly they chased, lunged and left him to run away.  

Would they have attacked them?  I don’t know because all interactions have been supervised.  

However, as the Littles get bigger and it gets (hopefully) warmer, they deserve to go outside and be safe.  

We first thought to simply split the run into two unequal halves.  

But then I thought – why not tunnels?  We could put s border of tunnels around the existing run, and add a second chicken door into the ‘grow up coop.’  This would allow the Littles to go outside and remain safe from not only the older chickens but also from predators who might seek to make a snack out of a small chicken.  

panorama of the run & tunnel

up close of the corner
DH connecting the last tunnel
Black Jack checking things out
Black Jack, Peanut and Briar Rose

It’s not done yet, and won’t be done until next weekend, mostly because DH has to go out of town, but the tunnels themselves are done.  We let some of the chicks check it out, and they seemed to like it.  

I’ll post ‘Part 2’ once we get it finished.