Originally Posted by Paganrose
I hope you don't have any more join the broody brigade!
What happened with Atlas's leg? It's sad to hear he is in pain. Hope the wide roosts help him out.
I'm not sure. I think he may have injured it when he tried to mate one of his hens in a bad position and in her struggling and him trying to hang onto her (he's very insistent sometimes), he may have sprained the leg. She was found in pain, panting on her roost and I separated her, not knowing if she had internal injuries or had a stroke. It was Dottie, the story is here in the thread from a couple months ago. Dottie recovered, or so I thought, was acting normally, then had a relapse and passed away.
He began limping at that same first episode with Dottie, flexing his leg out like it was stiff. He acts like he has arthritis in that hock joint just like my late Isaac did, his grandsire. I honestly am not sure what the problem is, injury or insufficiency in the joint, but he still manages to fertilize the eggs so far.
ETA: Windows in the barn are taped over and ready for paint tomorrow, yea! When the temps get up to 50* today, I will be painting some of the roosts/nests with those little jar samples to make our other paint go farther on walls/floors. DH reminded me that when we painted our house, which is about 34' square, it only took one gallon to cover one entire side and it's lap-sided, so takes more than covering a flat surface. I think we may have enough already to do the job.
Edited by speckledhen - 3/4/16 at 7:22am