mccaff mama hen
- Nov 18, 2009
I thought I would finally share this story. My kids got 2 baby chicks last year at our town fall festival. We were told 1 was a RS(Renny) and the other (Chicken Little, ironically) they weren't sure she is very sweet and my son loves her. Over time I thought she was probably a White Rock that seemed big, but I had no experience with chickens so I knew nothing. Well, she has made it through a lot. There was the dog attack in Jan, that cost her some feathers and some bruising, but I nursed her back and a week later she started laying her first egg at 17 weeks. When the hatchery catalogs arrived this spring, my heart sank as I opened to the page with the Cornish X. OMG, there was CL looking right at me. At first I didn't want to believe it since she consistently has an egg every other day and everyone talks about their leg problems which she wasn't having. However, she seemed to be still growing. By the beginning of April, I wanted to add to our flock. I couldn't deny my suspicions about CL she weighs 16 pounds, began to have a limp, I fear that her days were probably numbered. I started to prepare my son that his beloved pet would need to be put down if her health declined. He made the plead for her that she's happy and healthy right now and we shouldn't do anything yet. I agreed because she was happy, she follows us around while I'm gardening and loves to sit next to him and have him stroke her neck till she falls asleep. Since then we got 7 new chicks, then Renny was taken by a hawk (in front of CL) and 2 weeks ago a coon got into the run and took 6 of our chicks (with CL in the run too). Her leg has not gotten any worse, she can still run fast a few feet to catch a flying bug. She still seems in very good health to me and most importantly happy. I know that many will think it terrible to keep her alive and if I believe she was suffering I wouldn't. I just am amazed that she is turning 9 months and what a special chicken she is to us.