Following on from my last post Cho had perked up quite a lot. She came down with the other girls in the mornings, ate and wandered about doing what chickens do (scratching up the ground and eating). She really looked a lot better.
A day or so later the weather started to get hot again and she went into a serious moult. Now, I’d read that healthy chickens moult quicker than sickly chickens but I now doubt that wisdom as she was shedding feathers by the handful. I could stroke her and feathers would come out in my hands. She started to slow down again so I tried to give her some treats and vitamins for an extra boost but she lost interest and retired back to the nest box. Her waste was normal by now but she’d not laid for weeks. Each morning and night I dreaded going to the coop just in case she’d had enough. Unfortunately, by Tuesday morning I found her lying on her side in the nest box – she’d gone. So very sad – she was a lovely, beautiful chicken who seemed so much more regal than the other two. I’m not saying I had a favourite but…
That morning the other two girls seemed a little freaked out and took some time to come down and settle into their routine. I know Cho had never really made it into the inner gang. Luna and Ginny were rarely to be found without each other but Cho would quite happily wander off to a different part of the garden and explore. She also had different tricks to get the treats from me but then she had to be more skilled as the other two are fast and aggressive when it came to getting to food first.
I never know what to do with ill chickens as you’ll know from reading my other posts. The eternal question – should you call a vet or will whatever you do, frankly be too late and it’s just down to the will power of the chicken to fight off whatever illness it has? I honestly don’t know.
I do know that I’m not keen on getting another chicken right now. I love the idea of having three chickens but I hate the challenge of introducing a new chicken. As I’ve now seen twice, the third one will always be an outsider. I can’t have four chickens without building another run and I’ve only just extended! I wondered about getting Bantams but cute as they are, I do like the large eggs of my girls.
So for now, I’m working on holding on to the two I have. They’re now enjoying the extra space and look happier and healthier. I’ll see what I’ll do come next Spring but for now I’ve just got to avoid chicken breeders and their websites – maybe it’s a good thing I can’t find Race Farm online any more!