Slim and Franke

Slim and Franke

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

MAME IS MAIMED





Mr. Gibson II turned out to be a hen. Mr. Gibson is one of Elenore Hen's surviving chicks after the first Mr. Gibson, Chicklet and Rebecca were killed by a predator.

Chicklet II is the fine rooster shown here (also one of Elenore Hen's survivors from the second batch). He is a young rooster and thinks he's in charge of the girls. Jack Bauer, the Cock Of The Walk, is letting Chicklet think he is hot stuff.


Mame came to us all fluffy and beautiful as shown above with Jack Bauer. The next photo of her shows what was left of her when a dog or coyote got a hold of her recently. She is recovering nicely but it will be a while before she gets back those lovely black tail feathers.

It feels strange to be Easter and not have new chicks. We decided to only add grown hens to our flock after the predators took 29 of our 30 new Golden Comet chicks last year. The adult hens know how to stay with the flock for protection. The chicks usually learn it but for some reason the Golden Comets never did. Our chickens free range and need some street smarts before they arrive. Mame survived her attack because she is older and heavier.

18 comments:

  1. I read somewhere that tail feathers do not grow back if repeatedly pulled out. Is that true? They are beautiful birds even without their tails.

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  2. I love your chickens Granny!! Thye're so darn cute!

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  3. I like your chickens - I didn't get to see the bottom two pics - they didn't come in.

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  4. You know, those chickens are kind of like works of art. Each has it's own beautiful brush strokes like a painting.

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  5. Poor Mame! I'm so glad she's okay and survived the attack. She does look different without her tail feathers...but they'll grow back?

    The chickens are gorgeous! Full of personality which is neat!

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  6. Tabor -- The same thing happened to one of my roosters and all the tail feathers grew back. His name was Caesar and he was a beautiful boy.

    Dani -- They aren't cute aren't they. I only have one right now that is pretty awful looking. She is my last Araucauna and the other hens are picking on her something awful.

    Lynn -- I'm sorry you couldn't see the bottom pictures. It is weird how crazy blogger is sometimes.

    OGO -- They are so beautiful and I think of them as lovely woven tapestry.

    Talon -- Yes, Mame's tail feathers are already coming back. Her bottom was totally bare when she first returned from her daring escape. She is Jack Bauer's best girl and I can't help but believe he was there and protected her from the predator.

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  7. Hi GA, neat photo's. We turned down our first 100 fryers this morning to wait about 5 days for the scheduled ones. Someone (me probably) needs to get ready for them.
    I wished I lived closer I'd dump our two exotics from last years fall crop on your farm and then drive off fast. They are two really large dark red roosters.
    I think they're taking them to the fair in august.

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  8. Poor Mame! I'm glad she's all right.

    Btw, "Jack Bauer: the Cock Of The Walk"...I like the sound of that for a picture book. :)

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  9. Cliff -- It would be hard for me to turn down roosters but we've already go too many with three. Lots of people do just go somewhere and dump their extra roosters like they do their dogs and cats.

    Ily -- The Cock Of The Walk was the bar I attended in college. (It was like a standard class:) I was carded in a bar raid but cried and they let me go:)

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  10. They are all beautiful!!!!

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  11. Poor thing - her bottom is naked without those pretty feathers - Lucky she got away with her life from those dastardly predators!

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  12. Yep, that rooster things he is pretty hot stuff.
    Ralph

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  13. I'm relieved she survived

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  14. Sorry to see the damage but glad she survived. Lots of hawks, eagles and coyotes near our house.

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  15. They look so proud, and I am glad they're recovering. Sometimes I just don't get mother nature.

    Dorothy from grammology
    grammology.com

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  16. Love those chicken, it has been so many many years,that i litterally playing with chicken in the backyard, now that i live in an apartment,, no chicken roaming about,,

    hey granny, take care and god bless hope to hear from you too

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  17. Poor Mame! What a way to learn. Sorry your previous chicks didn't figure out how to survive.
    I'm impressed with the rooster being named Jack Bauer- due to years of watching 24 before i had to work nights!
    Is he reckless n always arresting flock-mates? I think his coloring is fantastic-
    I hope their chicks are nifty n learn quicker!

    Do you have to go out searching for eggs, or are they always in a nesting area?

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