remember all those chickens we got? well, one day i went out to the coop and discovered one chicken still inside. i approached her and she tried to get up, but just toppled over. i soon realized she no longer had use of her legs. her feet were completely curled up into balls, and her legs just didn't seem to be working all that well.
i brought her inside and she immediately calmed down after a bit of holding her. we made her little "chicken shoes" to help splint her feet and after a few days of wearing them, her toes straightened out. she hasn't regained the use of her legs yet, but she is now a fully inside chicken, completely content when everyone is around. she likes to sit on our laps, lay on our chests on the couch to fall asleep, and really loves eating peaches.
the second we leave the room, she is peeping loudly and frantically wondering where we went. so she now comes with us everywhere. she particularly enjoyed the shower this morning, and now she is curled up on her new "chicken bed" on the chair next to me napping while i work.
it's kind of like having a newborn, i won't lie. trying to get her to sleep amidst noise, never leaving her side, having to feed her and help her take sips of her water. we go out and i worry about her home alone, wondering if she's peeping and looking for us.
but we are enjoying her greatly. she's a special girl, and even though we have no idea what the future will bring, we are happy to have the chance to take care of her now. and i'm sure you'll be getting louise updates often!
and the other chickens all have names now. we had to write them down because there are just so many of them. we had fun picking out names! the little one's favorite: "Butterfly." she holds her everyday and seems to have a magic way with chickens.
we've been enjoying lots of greens from the garden. our favorite dish has been lentils with beets, chard, and onions from our garden. the little one loves picking "magic beans" and saving them to plant next year.
what is coming out of your garden now?
and any chicken experts out there?