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Ugly Joey

  1. cochins1088
    Ugly Joey

    Three years ago a friend of mine offered me hatching eggs from her flock in exchange for some of the chicks. Her flock consisted of silkie hens with a silkie rooster and a frizzled cochin rooster. I already had a couple of silkies, but I thought it'd be fun to have a sizzle, so I kept 2 of the chicks and gave the rest to her.

    One chick grew to be a beautiful dark blue silkie hen, but the other chick grew up to be Joey. Joey is beautiful in her own special way.

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    The few feathers Joey has are frizzled silkie fluff and she always looks like she's molting. She has been this way all of her life. During the summer months, she is almost completely naked.

    When people come to visit, they often exclaim, "What is that thing?" and I simply answer, that's Joey.

    One day I noticed that Joey had different colored feathers on her back. I sat and watched as she walked around the coop picking up feathers and placing them on her back. She seemed to know exactly what she was missing and she wanted to fix it. I felt bad for her, but she never let it get her down. Of all the bantam hens, she is by far the most dominant.

    Anyways, when temperatures dropped to - 20 degrees, I decided to bring her into the garage. Since it's winter, she has more feathers than usual. I took some pictures and I thought I'd share.


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  1. MamaManda
    Oh Joey. LOL.
    I'm glad she has someone that appreciates her so. It must be rough knowing you look like that, and there's not much that can be done. (Except covering yourself in other hen's castoff feathers. Haha.)
  2. bantambury
    SHE IS SO SWEET! I love the fact she placed feathers on herself!
  3. PeckPeckChick
    She is gorgeous!!
  4. cochins1088
    How long has it been since she lost them? Perhaps she'll regrow them next time she molts. I had a bad lice infestation a few years ago and their feathers didn't grow their feathers back until their fall molt.
  5. eggspectation
    I also have one with a feather problem, and she is the sweetest chicken I have. We named her wings because she was white with beautiful golden feathers on her wings. After she turned one year old she was either plicked or mite infected and no matter what I do her feathers have'nt grown back yet???
    Last month I seperated her, which she hates, added more protein, vitamine water & I've started to see small feathers growing, but there are still naked patches.
  6. chickenneighbor
    She has a sweet face with nice eyes.
  7. cochins1088
    Exactly. She's beautiful in her own special way. :)
  8. BantamFan4Life
    I think she's a beautiful chicken. It's the personality of the chicken that matters, not the outside looks, right? :)
  9. cochins1088
    I've been giving her BOSS and scrambled eggs, but nothing really helps. It's just the way she is. These pictures were taken during one of her 'better' moments.
  10. Brookliner
    Joey is beautiful in her own special way. When she is in during the cold do you give her extra protein to help with feather growth. I had a hen Julia who would go through the worst molts she was a Cochin frizzle and extra protein would always help her grow her feathers in better. I will post her before and after pictures when I get on my computer. I can't post from my iPad.

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