The Hazels have been with us for 3 weeks now and overall we’re really pleased with how the injured hens are progressing. We’ve set up a large run for them in the barn with a perch, cardboard boxes for amusement, sleeping and laying, and there are plenty of food and water stations for them to use.
Honeysuckle and Marigold are doing well and pretty much laying daily. We let the girls outside as often as we can so they can benefit from fresh air and peck at the grass – as well as enjoying a bit of sunbathing – and these two hens will stick together, which is lovely to see and hopefully the beginning of a long friendship.
Rose was originally with Honeysuckle and Marigold but for whatever reason, she was petrified of them, and the others in this group. We’ve tried to put her in the larger run with everyone but she panics and runs around frantically trying to get out. To help her, we’ve taken her out and put her in her own coop and will introduce her slowly and with supervision to the others to try and build her confidence up.
Jasmine is improving and her limp is getting a little better. She likes to make a little nest for herself and observe the world going by, but after 2-3 weeks she’s now able to stand up and hobble over to the feeders and drinkers and can get around a lot better than she did when she arrived. As with all the hens on medication, we’re going to speak to the vet this week but have dropped the dose of Inflacam to once a day and hopefully we can reduce this further.
Lavender is also making good progress and can get around quite easily now. She still has a limp, but this is a lot better than it was a couple of weeks ago and we’re happy with her good progress.
Lily has come on leaps and bounds since she arrived! After about a week of wearing her wing bandage she decided that she’d had enough and removed it herself and her wing has been in it’s usual position ever since. Her limp is improving also and she’s able to march around the run and barn, putting the other hens in their place. She’s back in lay also, which is a good sign for her, as it shows us that her body is healing.
Petunia is also embracing her new life. She came back with us 3 weeks ago with a prolapse and a limp and is now laying eggs regularly and shows no sign of an injured leg. This is great for her as a prolapse can spell long term health problems, particularly with the strain that laying an egg puts on her oviduct, but she looks to have recovered well and is enjoying her new life.