Friday, May 22, 2015
A rejection and an injury
So Ellen's late eggs finally hatched yesterday (she already has two three-day old chicks from the first hatch), but she rejected the chicks, even going so far as to attack one of them -- the little buff chick. Luckily I came home from work in time to save them both, and now they are brooder babies. I will probably put them in my neighbors' brooder this weekend with several other chicks they are raising, since a flock socialization from the get-go is always a good thing.
I'm thankful I was able to save these little ones, especially the one Ellen attacked. That one seemed on the brink of death when I brought her inside. It turns out she just needed some love, including water. food and most importantly, a warm place to nestle. Hopefully her wounds will heal in time and she can go on to live the life of a happy hen or roo.
I've begun thinking I should re-name Ellen...maybe Joan Crawford might be more appropriate?