Welcome to The Petunias

At the BHWT re-homing today unfortunately there were 3 hens with prolapses that we took to one side and treated – by cleaning the hen and then Sarah with a medical glove on and Sudocrem on her finger, carefully pushed things back to where they should be. We put these hens in our crate by our car, as we could take these back with us and give them the care they need. These 3 hens were followed by another 8 when a re-homer failed to arrive so we drove home with 11 new girls to add to the flock.

We named this group The Petunias. Petunia arrived at the start of July 2017 with a prolapse herself, and because she was part of a group of poorly hens that we unexpectedly adopted, The Petunias seemed fitting name for this group. We quickly constructed a temporary run in the barn for 8 of the hens that appeared healthy, and the 3 hens that had prolapsed were assessed and treated, and then isolated so that the other hens couldn’t do any damage to them. The hens tucked into a feed mix that contained mainly layers meal but with added poultry spice for extra vitamins and oregano for overall health and afterwards they were all served oregano tea to help with any infection due to the prolapse, but also for their wellbeing.

We checked on them as it got dark, and most of the hens were asleep, huddled together in a corner of the run, expect one hen that had decided that balancing on the top of the side of the run was a better place to spend the night!

Welcome to the flock Anemone, Campion, Clover, Columbine, Corncockle, Cornflower, Cowslip, Foxglove, Harebell, Orchid and Thrift!

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