Its been another week for Coop & The Gang and I think we’ve had just about everything. I’ve been busy, they’ve been busy, I’ve been unwell, I thought Mave was unwell but all in all things seem to have settled down nicely.
They’ve survived a night on their own without the bed time routine, which says more about their hardyness than mine. Sleeping in my old room at my parents house waking up every few hours hoping my girls wouldbe okay. We came home to eggs, so they were fine.
Thats the next noteable point of the week. We have consistency in laying. 2 a day from Flo & Dorris. Everyday. Half a dozen eggs gifted to neighbours, half a dozen on the side & eggs precariously gathering in the gaps. Our biggest egg from our smallest hen turned out to be a double yolker & our tiny egg from Doris had a tiny yolk. Everything is cuter when its smaller!
Our poor Mave, she was our first to lay but hasn’t in a week. I was starting to think something was wrong. When she came to us she’d had her beak clipped which really should have screamed meanie at us but at the time meant nothing. We call her Mave Bottomtooth the 3rd & make the noise. She’s always had a touch of the sneezes but no other symptoms so we figured it was because her beak was clipped her nose is so much closer to whatever it is she’s snuffling so if its dusty she’ll sneeze.
The worry started with a poo, we were having corn from the back step & Mave stepped back & there was an awful smell & this off coloured more runny type poo.
Turns out Chickens do two kinds of poo, fecal & cecal. The Ceacum is at the point the small intestine reaches the large one & it contains bacteria and enzymes used to break down vegetation & once a day the contents is excreted. Nice. But nothing to worry about.
Then on Friday night we had a bit of a scare she was sneezing a lot more, a bit snotty & it smelt. With a two man attack & she was up in our arms. I attack her with kitchen paper & picked her nose. It was gross but she was bunged up with bits from her snuffling. She sneezed a couple more times & we let her on her way. The sneeze count is down & she graced us with an egg. We had free play in the garden yesterday & she took herself back to Coop snuggled down in the nest box & left a dark speckedly egg.
We’ve bought a mineral supplement for the water to help boost the immunity on our flock & we’ll see if that improves. Im the mean time while there are 4 hands about we’re happy to assist. Her comb is a good size & colour, she’s in good nick & eating & drinking just fine.
We have a second feeder & drinker on the way just to make our routine that bit more flexible but I think this is mostly how its going to be. They are grateful for as much or as little time as you can spare them, a very flexible addition to a less than typical family!