That was a sad article. We just watched Napolean Dynamite the other day, and they had a scene inside of a factory farm. I think my husband was pretty disgusted...
I seem to have a new barn chicken. I have two Black Am hens, and one (I thought) was going broody. (She was spending a lot of time in the nestboxes, and was looking like a growling pancake.) On Easter I heard a commotion up in the coop, and found one of my girls cornered and out of breath. I picked up her and took her down to the barn to check her over. She was missing quite a few feathers (mostly from the back of her head/neck) and kind of wheezy, so then I changed my thought from "broody" to "sick". I fluffed up a box stall for her, gave her fresh food and water with ACV in it and let her relax. She drank a LOT of water. That evening she seemed much brighter, so I gave her some mealworms. (She ate those like nobody's business, and was checking my hands for more.)
Yesterday Desirae came over to pick up her feed, and Barnie (as we are now calling her) had let herself out of the barn and was outside the chicken run. I figured she wanted back in, so I let her in. I gave everybody a lot of BOSS to keep themselves busy, and I started cleaning the coop so I could see what happened. In pretty short order, Barnie came screaming in, with the rooster and two other hens in hot pursuit. She saw me and flew up into my arms. ??? Back to the barn we went; she seemed happy with that choice.
I am so confused by the recent turn of events. To my eyes, Barnie was a fairly high-ranking member of the flock. Since she's obviously NOT sick, I've gone back to my original thought that she was broody. (I haven't had an egg out of her since all this started.) Do flocks sometime turn on broody hens?
Chickens are never boring.