- Sep 21, 2020
UGH I am mostly just venting but any advice also welcome. My nellie had an injured leg. We had to go away so she boarded at the vet while we were gone and things were getting better. I set up a hospital and A/C in my garage and day by day she was getting better and better. You could see her desire to break out of her pen. She wasnt limping anymore so I reintroduced her by first putting my sweetest girl in - that went fine in fact it seemed like they were happy to see each other. Then the next girl came in and almost seemed scared of Nellie. Then my biggest meanest one (who I had broom ready...) just walked over...Nellie pecked her once on the face and she walked away and the rest of the night went fine. I was so happy! The next day Nellie was limping again (Maybe jumping off the roost in the morning?) and it looked like some of the girls started picking on her. One time when I was in there moving them from one run into the bigger run and as nelly walked past me she went over and gave the mean girl a hearty peck in the face. Then the mean girl went after her big time. Jumped on top of her pecking her head etc...so I pulled her off and separated them for a bit. but for the next two days I saw her hiding most of the time and staying away from the others when they are eating etc...like she was afraid of them. and here is the heartbreaker. Last night I decided to scroll back on the nanny cam to when they perched for the night. Nellie went in way before the others. Then the other sweet girl went up and pushed her. She climbed over her, took her spot, and then pushed her further away. Then the big buff went up and pecked and pecked at her until she moved really far away leaving a space for the mean buff. Then the mean buff took that space and gave Nellie a bunch of pecks just as a little extra measure of mean. I went to "live" on the camera and saw Nellie sitting over where the ladder rests on the roost, not even on a flat surface. So I went down at 1am and took her off the perch and brought her back into the hospital. I think since her leg is getting bad again, they are trying to get rid of the lame chicken. But now that I have her back in the hospital she wants to get out so badly and she seems so unhappy. I want to wait til her leg is fully and completely healed but that could take such a long time! I have no way of dividing my coop in half so that she gets one side and the others get the other because how would they get in or out to lay eggs or roost etc? During the day I could keep her in the dog crate inside the run and take her out at night and put her in the garage? But is being confined to a dog crate in the run almost more cruel because she is on display? Here are pix of the hospital I set up in the garage.