Sunday, February 24, 2008

Chicken Hospital

I noticed yesterday that one of the pullets from the November hatch was looking peaked, and stumbling a bit. She is much smaller than the others from the same hatch, so I decided to pull out the chicken hospital and make her welcome in the house. She won't have to use her energy keeping warm, and can concentrate on healing instead. She also won't have any competition for food or water, and nobody to pick on her, so I am hoping that she will get better.


The chicken hospital is just a dog kennel outfitted with pine shavings, food and water. I put the bucket in there last night so she could roost. It is such a powerful instinct for them that she was roosting on her feed bowl, even though that only brought her about two inches off the floor! She was very happy to have the bucket, and be a whole 8 inches up. I took it out today to give her a bit more room to roam.

Here is a little video of her. You can see how pale she is, and she looks like she is going to fall asleep right there on my arm.

video

4 comments:

rilera said...

Poor little pullet. I hope she recovers! Will she lay white or brown eggs?

I was reading about wind turbines in today's Star Trib. I'd love to have one of those.

cornbread hell said...

good job, annie!

cornbread hell said...

good job, annie!

Annie said...

Robyn, she will lay brown eggs.

Thanks Rick.

Thanks Rick.

Sorry, couldn't resist! Have to give you grief every once in a while, you know!