I had planned on starting this thread the same day we closed on our new house, but fate intervened and Verizon had trouble hookig us up to phone and internet service.
We went straight to the new house on Monday the 11th as the seller had said she would leave some of her chickens to be a starter flock for me. She had left me 14, but 1 was dead which left 1 rooster and 12 hens. One of the hens was broody and sitting on 8 eggs due to hatch anytime. It was getting late so decided pictures could wait till the next day and we went back to the apartment we were renting till the end of the month.
Tuesday I went back to the house and set up a nipple waterer for the chickens and let them out to freerange. They had a blast as the srea they were in has no vegetation at all. I only had them out for a couple of hours and then put them back.
Also an open front coop and a 4 foot fence, so not the best or safest environment. Not a problem, as I would gradually take care of that, right?
Wrong! I was on the second step of a stepladder taking down wallpaper and slipped and hit the ground somewhat less than gracefully. I could tell something was very wrong with my right ankle and knee. I did have my cell phone on me, so used it to call 911. I remembered to use that infamous line, "I've fallen and I can't get up!"
911 sent 2 ambulance crews and I was picked up off the floor and placed on a stretcher and taken to the ER. X-rays were taken and my ankle was broken. They called in an orthopedic surgeon who said that with most breaks, they would wait a day or so for swelling to go down before setting it, but my breaks were special and needed fixed immediately. He had the ER put a cast on my ankle for transport to the delivery room because it was so fragile he was afraind more damage would be done on the way up.
I was in surgery for several hours and now have plates and screws. I then moved to recovery and then my room. I was in the hospital till Thursday afternoon and then went home to the new house in a wheelchair instead of the apartment as the house has 2 steps to get inside and the apartment had 26.
I cannot put any weight on the foot untill after I see the Dr. on Monday. It will depend on how it is doing then.
I have a walker to move short distances inside the house, but cannot go too far with it because I am recovering from Frozen Shoulder Syndrome and still have pain and weakness on that side.
My husband, who only agreed to chickens if he did not have to do anything for them, is taking care of the chickens.
My broody hatched her chicks but apparently all were taken by a predator. I think it was crows, as there were a LOT of them that day and normally I only hear a few, so I am still at 13 chickens.
i can hardly wait to go out and see them again. I absolutely LOVE chickens and the ones I got are terrific! I can hear the rooster crow sometimes, but cannot see them from the room I am in.
I know this was really long, I just couln't keep it all in any longer. I will keep this thread going as my own chicken saga.
And I STILL don't have any pictures of my chickens!