Tag Archives: Phoenix


11 Apr

You know, I still keep shaking my head over Mama Phoenix.  She is doing well and figuring out how to get around, but I still just don’t know how.

Mama Phoenix

Poor bird.

I do think there is a possibility that frost bite played a part in her losing her feet, but I’ll never know for sure.  (Update:  Here is a video that shows her progress in walking.

Nugget did lose most all of his comb and wattles, but he’s doing well now.


These are the girls with the huge wattles that I was worried about going into winter, and they look good. I guess you just never know.

The peacocks are looking good.  They are enjoying the weather too.

They just think they should have a lady peahen to dance for.

But they don’t fight when there are no girls, so I guess we’ll keep them as bachelors.


Only at Eden Hills

9 Apr

I sometimes wonder at all the wierd stuff that happens here.  I mean honestly: llamas with ulcers and the only place in Iowa with copper deficiency, and even the little things seem to be more difficult.


I told you that Pluto was banded last month, but he’s not seeming to turn into a wether, so it’s back to the vet.


This boy.

And Mama Phoenix’s other foot fell off.

Mama Phoenix

Actually she seems to be doing better now that she doesn’t have it hanging there.  I think she’s actually going to do well.  But seriously, who but me ends up with a footless chicken?

She can already stand on the stumps!

Now, my dog has decided to play with raccoons.  I don’t mean he wants to kill them.  That would be normal.  No, he is barking, head down, butt up, tail wagging, trying to play with a snarling, lunging raccoon fighting for its life.


What an idiot!

So far, he seems to be pretty good at jumping out of the way, but not quite perfect.  Again. He’s an idiot.

In Twenty Years With Chickens

31 Mar

I’ve had chickens for twenty years now.  I’ve had a lot of different experiences with them.  But this winter has certainly been a first with my phoenix hen.

Mama Phoenix and Nugget

You might remember, she hurt her leg and spent some time healing last summer.

phoenix hen enjoying cucumber

Then she reinjured it during the polar vortex and came to stay in the garage.

Mama Phoenix

Unfortunately, she felt better and decided to roost in the rafters.  When she came down, she chose to land on the concrete instead of the soft bedded side where the llama and kids were.  She ended up completely destroying her legs.

Mama Phoenix and Cinnamon

I tried to keep her comfy and make sure she could get to the food and water.  I know it was painful, but I hoped she would heal over time.  (Pictures from this point foreward are current and get a little graphic.)

I just didn’t know that the way she would heal was by losing her feet.

One is completely gone.

see the stump hanging down

The other is still on there but dead.

I did talk with my vet, and he said I was doing the right thing (you know, since I didn’t just wring her neck when she hurt herself).  Once the second foot falls off, I’ll give her a bath and try to clean her up better, but I don’t want to do that right now.  It’s just hard to balance and move around with that dead foot still on there. She really doesn’t seem to be in pain now.  She talks to me when I come in, and she has a really good appetite.

My hope is that she will be able to balance and get around in the rabbit hutch a little easier when she doesn’t have a dead foot on there.  I never would have dreamed up a scenario like this, and I hope we never have it happen again.  Poor baby.