Poor girl...she's probably really sore. I was going to mention that you could try tube feeding her, but if she wasn't tame to begin with and now with these injuries I'm sure she REALLY doesn't want to be handled.... but, if you do want to try it there's a gal here on BYC that has all sorts of advice on it, casportpony I believe is her username. I attempted it once with a sick hen and wasn't ever able to get the tube down, and that was with a very tame bird. Anyway, just thought I'd throw it out there in case you want to try. Good luck!
Thanks. I've see casportpony's advice on tubing, I've just not wanted to go that route. There is a point where I think it is best to let them go, personally. I know some folks have followed her advice and been happy they tried it, though.
So, the chickens definitely do not like snow. Picture shows about as far as they got. I kicked my broody hen out of the coop and once she hit the snow, she didn't move for about five minutes. Then, she ran back *sigh* I have the run door open hoping they'll eventually mosey on out.....
I think these will be the only eggs I see consistently this winter. My olive and blue egg layer are my best layers. Still poppin' them out almost every day.
That is one heck of a beautiful olive egg. It is sometimes hard if not impossible to get chickens to walk on snow, but it makes life easier for them and you once they get used to it. Sometimes, stampin gon the snow to make a path helps, sometimes shoveling....I usually will put a feeder out at the end of a little path to encourage them. I got lucky with the 6 new girls, for some reason (possibly their bottom of the pecking order status) has them out in the snow and they are unconcerned. I've had chickens fly into the snow and not move at all, had to retrieve them!
Best answer I've ever seen to the question of how often do you clean. Made me laugh out loud. DItto here.
Yeah, when they are inside all that poop really builds up fast, plus it gets wet, and yuck! A covered run really helps get them out there, and makes for less shoveling.