Thursday, 1 December 2011

The poor black chicken that was savaged by the fox is definitely getting better.  Today is the first time that she has been out foraging for earwigs in the yard.....
 .... she looks so much better, though you can still see her bald patch behind her head.  The fox took off with a lot of feathers, and the patch is only now growing back....
 .... if you look carefully, you can see the gap in the feathers behind her head.  Baby feathers are growing back,  but she still looks a bit odd.
But remember this.....
.... she spent two weeks like that (and she didn't eat or drink!)  and I seriously thought about euthanasia.

I found two eggs today.  The two bantams lay smaller eggs than this big one.  That presumably belongs to the white hen.   The tiny one is probably produced by the black hen.  Chickens often produce these funny little eggs (no yolk) when they are "learning" or when they re-commence laying after the winter (because "normal" hens don't lay all year round.)
 Anyway,  this egg had a black feather stuck to it.   I think that it just might indicate that the black hen might be coming back "on the lay."   So pleased to see that she has survived,  let alone laying eggs!  A survivor!
Pond still needs work,  but is getting better by the day... fish are enjoying it too,  is seems.

2 comments:

Nikk said...

Go little black hen! Glad to hear she is on the mend Jane. xxx

Meeka said...

Great news that she's feeling better, thats one tough chooky!

p.s word verification for this post is bookorr. Sounds like bookark, kinda appropriate for a chicken post!! :)