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.