The Princess is a Perfect Houseguest...Shadow, the Diva Chicken

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by speckledhen, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Many know Shadow, my lavender banty Cochin, affectionately known as "The Princess". She was three years old this past April. Recently, she was moved into the D'anver coop where she has to contend with actual Shadow-sized roosters, a new thing for her. Before that, the only rooster she'd been with was a standard BR who never mated her. She is quite miffed with us about these little suitors, to say the least. She has refused to talk to me anymore like she used to do, and let me tell you, she's a big chatterbox when you say her name. The more you talked to her, the louder she'd chatter. So, she isn't acting like herself much lately, hides behind the two older standard hens who live in that coop to avoid the amorous little D'anvers, but I know she eats and drinks, so wasn't that worried till last night.

    Yesterday, I began to worry more about her. After allowing her and the older hens who live in the bantam coop to free range as they are used to doing (the D'Anvers stay in the pen), I picked her up to return her to the pen and realized she had lost weight. Seems she may be going through a second molt of the year and her crop was empty, not to mention, her face/comb color was off, sort of dark. She doesn't seem to be handling the heat/humidity well this year, either. DH and I decided to take her to the house for eggs, yogurt, olive oil and to cool off for a bit until the coop started to cool off at roost time. She ate her eggs till she was very full, then wanted to sit in front of the fan, then DH put her on pillows on the couch. After a bit, she began to nod off so we returned her to the coop. Shadow is the perfect house guest, never poops in the house, sits like a perfect angel and watches TV till she leaves. DH is so attached to her, I hope she is okay.

  2. Memphisjourney2seramas

    Memphisjourney2seramas Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2011
    How stinkin cute! Hope she is Ok. The heat has been brutal this year.
  3. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

    Oct 7, 2010
    Conroe, Texas
    Awe what a cutie. The stress from them boys n the heat must be too much for her. Hopefully she will adjust soon.
    She looks so happy in the house.
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I will never be one to have a chicken live in the house, but I have no problem with bringing one in for a few hours who is in distress in order to save her. Shadow was my only bantam till I hatched the D'Anvers this year. She always had her very own separate "Princess Roost" in every coop she ever lived in and used it every night. She has one in this coop, too, but so far, hasn't strayed far from the older standard hens' protection.

    That pic makes her look like she is heavier than she is, but it's just her very full crop. She is really thin, too thin, which bothers me. The D'Anvers don't chase her at all when the big hens are around so I know it isn't from running from them. She pants more than the larger hens do, I've noticed, so could be the unusually high heat indexes have been a bit much for her.
  5. Blue_Myst

    Blue_Myst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    Shadow is so cute! I wouldn't mind having her visit my house--she sounds like quite the lady. [​IMG] I'm glad she's feeling better from the heat--will be hoping for a speedy recovery for her.
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
  7. BovieVei

    BovieVei Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2011
    Walnut Creek, CA
    What a pampered little girl! So cute! Hope she gets better, itmseems like you're taking really good care of her!
  8. Dowie

    Dowie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    My bantam cochin got so stressed being around an amorous rooster that we had to give her a seperate pen with another hen. She lost so much weight. She's put it all back on now.
  9. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    How sweet!

    My hubby is threatening to buy central air for our girls.....[​IMG]
  10. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Oh my gosh you are spoiling her worse than she already is...well Tom is. hahahaha She is a mess that girl, I sure hope she is alright.

    theoldchick, I am threatening that too...I lost 14 of my girls to this horrid...13 in one day. [​IMG]

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