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Killer Ducks

30 Jan

You might remember I had my rooster, Rodney, attacked by the ducks, and he lost all his neck feathers.  Well Rodney is doing well, but any doubt I had about the ducks being the culprit has been vanquished.

Ducks

I came home three days ago to find one of my chickens had been attacked.  I didn’t expect her to make it through the night, but she did.

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I don’t know how she’s hanging in there, but she is.  Her comb is gone.  Her feathers are gone.  Her skin is gone.  Along with the head, she has a leg that was injured.  Poor baby.

chicken ew

I have her on pain killers and am helping her drink and feeding her egg yolk through a syringe.  I don’t know if she’s going to make it or not, but the ducks are leaving my farm in the morning.  They are going to my sister’s farm where they will have a larger space and more ducks.  Hopefully, they won’t attack her chickens.

Roughing the Roo

11 Dec

My poor rooster, Rodney, was roughed up.  He’s missing a lot of feathers off the back of his neck.

Rodney

Rodney

His comb and wattles are beaten up too.

Rooster

He seems to be doing okay, but it’s going to take a while for those feathers to grow back.  I hope he can stay warm.

Ducks

I don’t know for sure who did this to him, but if I had to guess, I’d say the naughty drake.  Anyhow, it looks just like the bare neck my hen had last spring when the drake was in love with her.  I don’t know how else those feathers would have been removed like that.

How to Make a Chicken Happy

10 Nov

How do you make chickens happy?

Phoenix Chickens

white cochin hen

You give them some fresh straw.  The peafowl were also enjoying scratching through the straw.

Bird Coop

It makes the ducks happy too, but they were enjoying the warm weather yesterday.

anacona duck

They’re all happy to get the fresh bedding with the colder weather.