Chickens and fishhooks?!?! Not as bad as it sounds.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by countrygirl4513, Apr 15, 2007.

  1. countrygirl4513

    countrygirl4513 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As a child growing up on the farm, when chicken slaughter time would come we would dread it. We hated plucking those stinking wet feathers. But when Mom would dress the birds I was always interested in the crop.(we called it a "craw" ) She would find the most amazing things in it.... like needles, glass pieces etc.:eek: Gotta have that grit, I guess. Well, grown up and loving chickens like I do I got my first flock years ago. One of which was a White Silkie. We assumed "Silkie" was a hen. Never hearing her crow but never seeing an egg either. One day while they were roaming I was able to see close and noticed "Silkie" had a string of some sort hanging out of his/her beak. Well I immediatly grabbed the bird checked the beak and found that it was a short piece of fishing line going down the throat!!!!!!!! We live on a beautiful creek, people fish here my sons included. Someone cut a line and left it and "Silkie"found it, ate it, but it got hung. Not being able to extract the hook, I could get ahold of it with needle nose pliers but could do no more. I had to let nature take its course. I cut the line off and prayed for the best. Then one day out my bedroom window... I heard squeaky CROW!!!! Then another one. Not having any roosters at that time (they were broth in my freezer) I ran out to find "Silkie" tooting his horn!! Evidently I loosened the hook enough for him to pass it. And GLORY!!! I then had a rooster!!! It was no laughing matter I know,... not knowing the outcome for "Silkie" and all. But we laughed so hard hearing that squeaky voice of his!! After that his crow became stronger as his throat healed. And once he found that voice..... Lord help a milk-chicken..... he never stopped crowing!!! Just thought I'd warn you chicken lovers of the dangers of fishhooks and what a chicken will eat. Thanks for reading!
     
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  2. avroncotton

    avroncotton Out Of The Brooder

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    Nice story. What became of Silkie?
     
  3. countrygirl4513

    countrygirl4513 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i gave the flock away when my life got over run and couldn't care for them any longer. i'm now back in the chicken loving business!!! but "Silkie" fell victim to a bobcat at his new home. I hated to hear that about him. He was a great sweet rooster.
     
  4. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    That was such a good story...sorry about his end...
    Chickens are notorious for "hardware disease". Most of the time it's something sparkly, like diamond earrings...but my Leghorn Obelisk ate a rubber band once...looked the same digested as it did before.
    Is the bird in your picture a Brahma or a Delaware?
     
  5. countrygirl4513

    countrygirl4513 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a brahma. i loved them so much. they met the same fate as Silkie. One day i was standing at the kitchen sink looked down and there was one of my brahmas beside me. she had made her way through the screen door (that was cracked a bit for the cats to go through) she looked at me like "so where's my treat lady? see here... i came in just to see you!"
     
  6. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

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    What a story! Welcome to BYC, countrygirl4513 [​IMG]
     
  7. countrygirl4513

    countrygirl4513 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    where did you get your animated emoticons? i love them!!
     
  8. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Bummer...I lost my Brahma over the summer and I miss her alot...
    Mudhen's Hi there smilie just got somewhere's else and saved...
    This board has a few smilies on it lifted from the old board.
     
  9. CashmereSussex

    CashmereSussex Chillin' With My Peeps

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    may i ask what a bobcat is? in Australia they are a machine used for digging
     
  10. Gracefulspice

    Gracefulspice Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:LOL..we have hose bob cats too.

    The Bobcat their referring to is a large wild cat. Some people call them a Linx. Mabey the size of a large dog, but in the feline sence.
     

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