Monday, August 5, 2013

Fear and Hiding in the Coop

Oooooh, it's been a bad transition !
Not as bad as some in the past but we have an injury 
right off the bat.  This little bird got herself caught
in a corner and the older hens beat her! 
You can see her injury .
She has been moved to protective custody with the new chicks.

Look at the branch roost in the yard- to the left.
All three are NOT leaving the perch! NEVER!
It's a LONG way to the ramp and into the coop.

He's been trying to keep the peace but those
older hens are fast and sneaky.
The new girls run under his tummy when it gets too bad.

The newbies spent their first night in the coop,
in the protective custody section.  They are amazed,
scared, wide eyed and . . . 

Big Cheeked!
Miss Puffy Cheeks, an Araucana mix, normally has a lot of fluff
but check it out now!  Super Puffed!
She was trying to figure out how to get past the wire
so she could get to me .
They are comfortable but it's not the house
and Miss Puffy Cheeks must miss me taking her
out so she can look out the back door-
in the house-
the nice, safe house.

Bird is lonely.
He/she spent a quiet night last night and seemed to enjoy it.
Today he about jumped out of the brooder tub
when we reached in to pick him up.
He got to sit on my lap for awhile after dinner and his drink
but he's not a good lap sitter.  

I'll have to show you the new water bowl I got him,
it's really deep so I hope he will be able to manage it himself
between getting his eye dropper drinks
(He is cross beaked and blind)
Watch for the upcoming post on this Manna Pro feeder/waterer.


Sunnybrook Farm said...

Hens can show no mercy to their own species, you would think that they wouldn't be so cruel but they are intent on establishing and enforcing the pecking order and peck is the name of the game. It does no good to call a fowl as they are fowl.

Gorges Smythe said...

Don't you just hate it when animals act so much like people?

JaneofVirginia said...

Lovely chicken pictures ! Yes, hens are tough on one another. They are almost as bad as roosters interacting with one another.

Manny said...

I would have never guessed about the complex inner lives of chickens until your It is interesting.

LindaG said...

The newbies are probably hoping you don't expect them to go in there after seeing that.

Good luck with Bird!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

The hens must forget that they were in the same situation not all that long ago!

Lisa said...

You've turned into the "Chicken Whisperer"!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

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