My heart is melting over this...such sweet chickens.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mallorysinclair, May 28, 2011.

  1. mallorysinclair

    mallorysinclair In the Brooder

    Apr 22, 2011
    The worst happened this morning: a raccoon attack while my 9 week old pullets were out free ranging. I was there and intervened, so the raccoon didn't kill Esme (the attacked pullet), but he maimed her eye. I got the other girls back inside (they still sleep in a brooder at night) and rushed Esme to the vet. Once we got home, rather than put her in the brooder (aka: the giant box) where the other chickens might peck at the wounds, I put Esme into a small box (quarantine) next to the giant one. The girls were very curious about Esme. When I came back later to check on her (she was asleep from the painkiller the vet administered), the girls were sitting on top of the giant box, where they could look down and watch her. I came back later to check again, and one of her "sisters" had jumped down into the small box and was lying next to the still sleeping Esme. The way her "sister" was cooing, I could tell she had no intention of pecking Esme, just providing comfort. She has since gone back to sitting on top of the giant box, and she and the others are watching over Esme as I write this. I had no idea chickens could be so sweet!
  2. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    They can be so comforting to one another at times of hurt and stress. That cooing sound is so beautiful and soothing and I've seen it a lot. It's a lovely selfless thing when they help each other like that and I wish everyone alive could witness it and know that these can be caring, giving beings.
    Hope your little one will be okay.
  3. ralleia

    ralleia Songster

    Mar 22, 2011
    Omaha, NE
    How sweet! I'm actually tearing up over it.

    Chickens are truly magnificent creatures. Their personalities can be so entertaining and soothing to watch. If I ever had to return to urban life it is they who I would miss the most.
  4. DancingHen

    DancingHen Songster

    Mar 11, 2011
    Central Oregon Coast
    Chickens are such great animals. Flock members can get so closely bonded. [​IMG] I sure hope your girl recovers quickly. Poor little thing.
  5. chickiedoo

    chickiedoo In the Brooder

    Sep 28, 2010
    Aww its so sweet. I'm glad you at least were around and saw the raccoon before anything worse could happen. She'll be ok without her eye once she heals up. Its so sweet that her sibling snuck in with her.
  6. Tina D

    Tina D Songster

    Sep 2, 2010
    Dutchess County, NY

    I hope your little one heals nicely.
  7. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Songster

    May 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    We havent had any deadly/ dangerous incidents yet but I just know that my girls are bonded. They follow eachother everywhere and they all get along great!

    So cool to hear about these stories some people dont think of chickens as having feelings and emotions but I believe that they know when another one in the flock/ family is in trouble and will help them trough it all!! Bad story with a GREAT ending!! [​IMG]
  8. benjoycei

    benjoycei Songster

    Mar 4, 2011
    Aaaawwwwwwwwwwwwww [​IMG]
  9. zengrrl

    zengrrl Songster

    Mar 25, 2011
    Oakland County, MI
    **tearing up as well. I know the cooing sound you speak of. What an adorable story.02
  10. hispoptart

    hispoptart Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    NW Colorado
    awwww, how sweet! I can only hope my girls look after each other they same way.

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