Flapper the chicken, who had a big bald spot on her back and bad wound there, seems to be doing fine back outside now that she's been wearing her saddle. Here is a picture of her and Dusty last week before the saddle arrived:
They were looking out the window towards the other chickens. I had pink towels on the couch in case Flapper jumped up and decided to poop. She didn't, fortunately.
Her saddle showed up a day or two later and here she is eating her afternoon snack with the other birds:
And in her nesting box - top row, in the middle:
It took her about ten minutes to get used to it and I'm just glad she's kept it on. The other birds didn't bother her or her saddle at all, thankfully. They can be rather cliquish you know. From the dirt I can see on it, I can tell Clyde has climbed on top of her once again. What a horndog. She'd still be inside with us without that saddle! Here is a better shot of her donning her new accessory:
In other chicken news, we sold Andy, Buzzard and Stanley - our other roosters, to a family who is loving them a lot. Andy has been in the new owner's house because they love him so much! He even sat in the new owner's lap in the car on the way home (her husband was driving). That was a good sign. Mike and I hated giving him up, but with Clyde being the dominant rooster, the others were always getting run off and there was a lot of friction in the coop and run. Lotsa drama! So, it's peaceful out there now. Andy was a good looking boy and huge... and very gentle:
And in a bit of sad news: we had to put Betty, our first egg layer, to sleep. She had an impacted crop and after trying to make her better for about four days and then consulting our vet, we decided the kindest thing to do was put her out of her misery. It was sad for me, but I knew when I got chickens there would be situations like that. It's not easy though.
My cochins, the youngest birds, are finally 100% integrated with the other chickens. Finally! It happened once we sold the extra roosters. When they were here, it just freaked the cochins out... too many roosters going after the hens all the time and fighting over them y'know. Once they left, there was peace in the chicken kingdom and they mixed right in with the big group. Here is a picture of three of them, with Betty's sister Veronica, in the back. They are the coolest looking birds, all big and fluffy:
We're getting lots of eggs on a regular basis and the birds are still as friendly as always. They are such fun to be around and watch. Flapper is getting better and Clyde is the head honcho now with no competition whatsoever. He's been strutting around a little taller lately.