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Chicken Chatter!
June 16, 2011
12:14 pm
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Big Chicken
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langela said:


We lost our little Henny Penny yesterday. She was healing up fine and acting good. Then yesterday she acted very weak and lethargic. I picked her up and she really stank. Then I saw that she was dark on her chest (not a spot affected by the pecking). Upon closer inspection we found her to be filled with maggots. ACK! We disposed of her quickly to end her suffering. She didn't even have any wound in that area. Weird. And gross. I hate it when I lose one of our pets. I feel so badly when I don't realize they have been suffering until later. Helpless. I just want everyone to be happy and healthy and feel sick when I can't help them stay that way. My least favorite part of living on a farm.


I'm sorry about Henny Penny.  It is hard to watch them suffer.

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June 26, 2011
12:53 pm
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Hi all,

I'm new to post but have been lurking for a while.  We just added two pretty little Black Copper Marans pullets to our family.  The girls, Maru and Moro – named by my anime loving daughter, are still a bit nervous but seem to be settling in to their new home.  A mini prefab coop and run.

We are planning on letting them free range, under supervision, as soon as they settle in.  Your helpful guidance will be much appreciated as I am new to having chickens.  One reason I went with pullets, rather than chicks. I also did not think I could part with roos if the chicks did not all turn out to be girls.


We finally have eggs!

June 27, 2011
4:14 pm
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Welcome Ga_Ga!  I think a free-range chicken is a happier chicken!. But they do need protecting. Your girls sound lovely, have fun and good luck with them!

June 27, 2011
4:19 pm
Big Chicken
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Thank you, aprilejol!  

I will be careful with free-ranging.  So far, the girls are not interested in the least in leaving the run.  And with our afternoon thunderstorms, they have been in the coop a good bit even though the run is covered.

We finally have eggs!

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