Originally Posted by Amelia Egghart
poor chickies! Thanks for the contact info, he's a little far for me but good to know.
I can't post pictures for some reason, but my little roo is a runty silver phoenix with a bad foot. He needed a lot of vitamins and care to make it through his first week and he's 8 weeks as of yesterday. Just starting to get his pretty iridescent feathers.
Not show or breeder quality, he's just a pet. Yet untried in the predator arena, but he's a brave little guy.
I'm going to keep him for a while and see how he interacts with my rooster. I've heard about runts suddenly dying at around 3 months, so I'm keeping him through then at least. He seems strong as far as I can tell. Total cutie, of course. I hope he turns out to be a good hawk lookout and does well with the big kids.
Originally Posted by chickencrazy21
I have a special needs girl as well. Shes laying. As a chick somehow leg got injured and she cant use it. Shes not in pain and uses her wings as crutches and hopes about. I have her with my teens. I plan on keeping her in a cage but in with the other birds so they cant hurt her. I didnt have a good afternoon i went to candle the eggs mom killed 3 chicks. So now i have 9 chicks to raise. As i dont trust her. Its warm enouvh out that they dont need a heater except at night right? Ill keep them in my front yard where i can watch them then a night put those hand warmer things in with them to kwep them warm. Its bright and sunny and 77 out right now.
I can relate! I now have 2 special needs chickens. Ironically, the both happen to be Faverolles. The injuries happpened separately. The first is my girl who broke her leg a little over a year ago. It's healed and she can move around, but just not as steady or fast with her limp and hop. She sometimes uses her wing as a crutch for support too, especially when she's preening or scratching an itch. The poor girl also gets mated by the roosters more too because she's so easy to catch. So, she looks rather beat up. She gets special treats, which she loves, but she doesn't like the special treatment.. She just wants to be like the other chickens.
My other special needs chicken, is my rooster, who recently got an injury in his eye and is now blind. Poor guy is readjusting to life at the very bottom of the pecking order. As a crazy chicken mom, I evne started a blog and instagram to chronicled the rooster's injury and other chicken adventures. (in case anyone is interested, here's the link to the blog: https://realhensofoc.wordpress.com/
@chickencrazy21 - It should be fine outside until maybe about after 5 pm. It really depends on where you are, micro climate issues, if there's shade, etc. Sorry about the baby chicks. :( My broody hen accidentally crushed one of her eggs 2 days before hatch...not sure if it's all her or if another hen tried to go lay eggs in her nest. Then, after hatching, she accidentally crushed one of the baby chicks. She's actually a great mama hen, despite the accidents. She's very very attentive and furiously looks for every single baby if one of them accidentally gets left behind or stuck somewhere.
Edited by UrbanFarmOC - 5/31/16 at 3:35pm