Thursday, April 29, 2010

chicken report {no. 8}

Let's see.... Things have been relatively calm around the coop these days. The sick chicken, the one that was being pecked apart by the others, was nursed back to health, and her re-integration with the others was smooth as could be. Our strategy was simple: she inadvertently got out of her cage and basically begged to go back in the coop, so we opened the door and voila! We then went away for the weekend to avoid our tendency to over-mother the situation. When we came home, everyone seemed to be getting along just fine. Phew! The rooster.... Well, he's still an issue that we have mindfully procrastinated. You may recall, he's been known to attack all of us from time to time. Trouble is, I'm still in love with the big lummox even though he can be a real jerky-head. My husband and daughter have no fear, and they just tend to the coop chores with a tennis racket in-hand. I basically wait till he's sleeping to go in there. But, my husband will be going away for a few days, and I have to be able to tend to them. All I can say is that I'm still not ready to eat him or anything. I'm more likely to don my ski pants again (even in 80 degree heat), pick up the tennis racket and pray that the jerky-head leaves me alone.

5 comments:

Carey said...

Oh, I'm so glad the little lady made it safely back to health and into chicken society. As for the rooster (have you named him yet?), can you lure him into a holding area with a special treat or a rival (in the form of a wood & fabric decoy rooster) who only appears at chore time? Maybe you could ask greybruceartist at the Art Shack blog for advice. She has hens and one gorgeous rooster named Luciano.

farmhouse wares said...

Hey Carey,

Thanks for the info. I'll check it out. BTW his name is Sylvester.

Southern Lady said...

I am glad that your chicken was able to rejoin the group. One of my brother's chickens wasn't so lucky. She was pecked to death by the others. I wonder why they do that. Good luck with the rooster, those can be some mean little critters. Carla

Sandra said...

That's a stinkin' rooster for ya; those boys can be really mean. Glad the little female is doing better and the others have decided to lay off her.

Missing Goat said...

I'm desperate for chickens - I'm working very hard on convincing my husband we should have them. But, maybe we'll forget the rooster!