Pearly, the disabled EE hen has a new job!

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Avalon1984, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. Avalon1984

    Avalon1984 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 22, 2010
    Here is my story about my 2 yo. disabled EE hen named Pearly. My Pearly came with a bad leg/ hip. She cannot walk very well but manages so I promised her that I would not end her suffering as long as she can convince me that she is ok and handling her injury fine. She has only laid about 6 eggs last year and they were all nice and green. Seems like good weather makes her feel better and she lays. She has been ok for a year now but last weekend, the unthinkable happened. She hopped out of the chicken house and for one reason or another, all the other big chickens attacked her. It was terrible. She was a bit bloodied up and shaking. I took her out of the run, cleaned her wounds and decided to put her in with my 5 wk old chicks. I figured she couldn’t do any harm to them and they wouldn’t do any harm to her. Interestingly enough, after initial inspection, the little chickens came over and snuggled up to Pearly as if she was their mom. The story would have been wonderful at that point but yesterday I actually even found an egg under her. My Pearly is finally feeling better and laying eggs again! I couldn’t be more excited! I will see how the next few weeks go, but it appears as though Pearly now has a permanent job being surrogate chick mommy and this weekend, I will begin incubating again and include her egg so that she will have a chick of her own!
  2. awwwww that is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yea Pearly! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

  4. we need pictures!!!!!!
  5. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    What a nice story. I wish chickens could be sweet all the time.
  6. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 29, 2011
    Awwww! What a cute story! And I agree! Post pics when you get a minute. [​IMG]
  7. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

    Dec 15, 2009
    Penn Valley, CA
    That is adorable! I had a socially dysfunctional hen for thirteen years who would be a mommy for any chick, no matter what age or species, and she did not need to be broody. Once, she tried to fit twenty-some chicks under her, it was the sweetest thing! Often the hens who don't fit in otherwise do a wonderful job mothering the chicks. I'm so glad Pearly found a way to be happy! That is too cute. [​IMG]
  8. GiddyMoon

    GiddyMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    Tucson, AZ
    awwww..that is very sweet! [​IMG]
  9. unaspenser

    unaspenser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2009
    Southwest Idaho
    How sweet! More proof to the adage that nothing heals what ails you like being needed. [​IMG]
  10. suzeqf

    suzeqf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2011
    i love stories like this

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