My Poor Sweet Lexie!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by speckledhen, Jan 19, 2008.

  1. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    It's supposed to be going down to 15 here tonight. I have my favorite Barred Rock hen, the famous Lexie, 2 years old, who is still almost bald from her molt. She has been this way for months on end because she kept laying almost every day-she just kept getting more and more bare. She quit laying about two weeks ago, maybe three, and since then, her quills are coming in and she looks like a barred porcupine, but still, mostly bare, and Lexie is small for a standard Barred Rock, only a little over 5 lbs. I put a 250 watt heat bulb over the waterer and offset so some of them could stand under it if they wanted to and she'd been standing under it all day long. Tonight I go out and she is standing on the roost alone, hunched up against the cold, with no way to keep her feet warm and no one to snuggle with-Hawkeye is spending the night elsewhere due to them pecking his comb or she'd be by him. I decided to bring her in the house and let her spend the night in the pet carrier. As soon as she was put in it, she settled down and basically passed out, probably exhausted from trying to keep warm, poor baby. I can't lose my Lexie, so cross your fingers that she makes it through this winter molt.
     
  2. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] lexie is in good hands..........now sweet you are..... hoping she rests well.......... if you put me in cage under heat lamp, I sure would !
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    She's in the livingroom not too far from the woodstove, so even at the coolest, it won't go below 65 degrees in the house, most likely, tonight. She can actually rest and not shiver all night long.
     
  4. HenHaven

    HenHaven Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You did the right thing....lots of good rest and not having to use her excess energy to stay warm will go a long way in getting her back to her old self!!!

    Sleep tight, Lexie!
     
  5. johnnyjack

    johnnyjack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] i got mine crossed for lexie.
     
  6. jeaucamom

    jeaucamom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2007
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    Oh, it just breaks your heart thinking of her out there cold and alone. I am so glad she's all snuggled up and warm for the night all cozy and relaxed with no cares in the world. Sweet dreams, Lexi
     
  7. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Awwwwwwwww, perhaps not having to use all her energy to keep warm, she'll grow those feathers in a little more.
     
  8. johnnyjack

    johnnyjack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] hey i bet she gets to stay in more than one night .
    [​IMG] crossed for lexie,s sake
     
  9. Stormhorse23

    Stormhorse23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2007
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    Poor little Lexie! Glad she has such a good home and that you'd bring the little girl inside. I hope she does okay! [​IMG]
     
  10. countryboy

    countryboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2007
    what if you crocheted a jacket for her , it would be able to expand for feathering
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