new hens are gonna need a LOT of TLC... UPDATE: LICE!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by technodoll, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. technodoll

    technodoll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, my quest to get six new girls today didn't exactly go as planned... wanted chocolate egg-layers as well as easter eggers but came home with the following because the breeder didn't have many pullets ready to go (seems this is a bad time of year to get hens...).

    If I hadn't driven 1.5 hours to get to this place, I would have turned around but felt sorry for the birds... so much so, that I paid $20 for EACH of the four I brought home with me.

    I must be MAD.

    However DH is glad I got them, he thinks they just need TLC, some good food, fresh air, less stress and in a few weeks they will look much better. I sure hope so. I fell in love and felt the need to "save" them, what the heck??

    First, here is Faith, an EE. She's apparently about 12 weeks old but seems younger than that. Maybe it's because she is 60% NAKED - she's tiny, hunched over from cold, feathers almost all plucked out except for a few on her wings. Poor thing, could she be any uglier? She looks so sad! [​IMG] The minute I put her in her new pen she found the food bowl, sat in it and ate for about 10 minutes, then drank until she almost passed out. Then did it again. BTW she might be a boy, what do I know? There are no feathers to judge by!

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    Next is Sunshine, also an EE. Very sweet and cuddly, gentle and calm - I clicked with her instantly. Also missing quite a bit of feathers but not so bad, however both her eyes were so crusty! Gross! I picked a bit of the crud off but will have to use a warm wet washcloth to wipe the rest away. She's in good health, also needs plenty of good food, fresh air and sunshine. She's apparently about 14 weeks old? Seems younger.

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    The two together, Sunshine on the left and my little chemo girl Faith to the right. I'm hoping they will blossom... [​IMG]

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    Then I got two blue Cochins, also about 14 weeks old (or so I hope). They're supposed to be pullets...

    Here is Violet, also missing neck feathers, some eye crusties, a bit jittery and on the smallish side:

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    Then there is Kiwi, bigger and more docile than Violet, also had a bit of crusties around her eyes (is this even a female?)

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    ...in case you wondered, I did check out the whole place and the birds were big and healthy, had lots of space, water, food, and from the available pullets for sale I really did pick the sad looking ones. If I had had more cash on me, I would have brought home two big shiny wyandottes... but I just felt like these four needed me.

    Don't laugh, I know they're ugly and I know I overpaid.

    But they have a forever home now, hopefully by next spring I'll get some decent eggs to add to my basket and who knows, they just might turn out to be quite pretty with lots of love, the best food possible and a real home.

    Now... they have starter pellets and water for tonight, hope they don't freeze as it's going way below freezing point.

    Starting tomorrow morning, they will get a small bowl of warm oatmeal with DE and a scrambled egg for protein.

    Suggestions welcome!!

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  2. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    [​IMG] for you and your dear husband.

    [​IMG] for your new girls.
     
  3. SallyF

    SallyF Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    You are a kind person. Best of luck with your new birds, and break out the Poly-Vi-Sol!
     
  4. The Zoo

    The Zoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow - I couldn't have resisted them either! They certainly went to a very good home.
    My girls love a mix of warm oatmeal (not hot obviously) with a little yogurt and applesauce mixed in on cold winter mornings.

    Post updated pics too!
     
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  5. MaggieRae

    MaggieRae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ... Now for the after pics. [​IMG]
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    Good for you for doing that, though. [​IMG]
     
  6. Chick-a-roos

    Chick-a-roos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Takes a very special person to pick the under-dogs....but I've always had a big heart for the sad ones. I can see the love and kindness in all your birds eyes. They will probably be your best chickens ever! My chicks get hard boiled eggs mashed w/poly-vi-sol, oatmeal/grits mixed and blueberries every morning for breakfast. I have also given warm whole grain brown rice with warmed frozen vegestables. I had purchased 3 hens approx 2 months that needed lots of TLC and now they are really looking nice. Best of luck with your girls!

    Edited: BTW...I noticed the suet feeder hanging, can you feed chickens the suet you buy for wild birds? Sorry, if that seems like a dumb question but I have only owned chickens since this year!
     
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  7. BigSkyChickens

    BigSkyChickens Free Bird

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    Awwwww! I would have had a difficult time resisting these lovely girls! Good luck with the TLC.....I'm sure they will blossom. Try a little flax seed in the oatmeal - looks like bugs! Enjoy your girls. I think they are lovely. [​IMG]
     
  8. ilroost

    ilroost Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Might get some sevin dust and dust real good, they might have mites( all the missing feathers), if not it wont hurt them to be dusted anyways
     
  9. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    [​IMG] Thank you for being such a kind person (both you and your DH)!!! I'm so happy those little girls (thinking positive) will have a loving home, and hope that they will reward you with many lovely eggs in the future. [​IMG]
     
  10. suburbanminifarm

    suburbanminifarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You are certainly a kind person and I very much enjoyed your pictures and your post. Now your girls just need sweaters knitted. Best of luck and keep us updated occasionally!
     

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