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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Harriet Rejoins the Coop

Eating Apples
Harriet eats an apple

So you can see that Harriets week as an indoor chicken has done her very well. She told me she was ready to go back outside on the 11th when she jumped out of her little cardboard surrounded corner, however since it was over 40°C we kept her inside until the cool change came through the next day.

She continued limping for a couple of days and slept on the floor of the coop for 2 days before hopping back to the perch. Her toe is still a little fat, but not as swollen and the scales are flexible again now. I believe the problem was a broken toe.

Today I haven't noticed her tiptoe and she runs around and is inclusive with the other chickens. She is so fast now that she is usually hard on the tail of Gladys who squeezes through the backdoor when we come inside. I think she wonders why she can't come back to her inside area whenever she wants to.

Hazel has also been a worry for a couple of days as she now has a limp. She has a sore on the bottom of her foot so she is getting the foot baths now. It is healing up nicely and she still wants to perch with the others. I don't know what she has managed to hurt herself on, but I don't think it is anything to worry about.

Elsie eating an apple
Elsie eating an apple

Today I cut up an apple and the girls are trying to work out how to eat it. They absolutely love fruit. Infact I've found that all of the lower grape bunches on our vines have bite marks and I caught Doris jumping up to get at them yesterday.


Lorilee said...

Glad to hear the girls are doing well. I want to plant some lettuce in my garden, but that means the girls won't get to roam for awhile. They will probably like it as much as I do!

Metanoia said...

They definately will Lorilee. My girls love lettuce!

Ainead said...

I'm so glad to hear Harriet is back on both feet again. I never knew that chickens were so much trouble to care for. :/

crissie said...

chickens are so fun to take good care. I will try some lettuce too.

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