Friday 14 June 2013

Poultry in Disarray

    I don’t know what happened, but suddenly all the normal habits of our chickens have vanished.  They used to lay eggs, and they used to automatically go into the chicken house at night to roost, but they are no longer doing any of those things.
    Something traumatic must have happened.  One of our three hens is missing, we get no eggs, and as this photo shows, they are spending their nights in the branches of the trees instead of in the chicken house.
    Earlier in the spring one of our 3 hens was killed by a hawk.  We then bought two more hens, so we had 4 chickens.  A short time later, one of the new hens died mysteriously, and the two original chickens shunned the lone newcomer.  
    The missing hen was one of our originals, so now we seem to be down to two, and they don’t really like each other.  It all a sad situation.

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