Poultry problems and purple patches 

Since we moved our feathered friends into their new 5 star pad a couple of months ago, and introduced 4 new girls to the coop, things have been somewhat….. unharmonious. We lost 2 of our older, smaller girls, Rolo & Beyonce, within a couple of weeks. After some close observation, we soon realised that Chickoletta was ruling the roost, but the way she was going about it was just downright nasty. The majority of our girls were getting pecked to pieces . She seems to have taken a disliking to everyone. They’ve mostly been pecked around their bottoms and are missing a lot of feathers.

We’ve used an antiseptic spray on them to soothe their sore bits but it’s bright purple! That’s meant to be less attractive to peck at, although it doesn’t seem to be working. Poor Bluebell has had it the worst. She’s lost all her beautiful tail feathers and the ones from the back of her head!

We researched online about chicken behaviour and tried all the suggestions, like making sure there’s always plenty of food and water available so there’s no fighting over it. Keeping them entertained, I went to our local community shop (a bit like a charity shop) and bought a mirror for them and even a xylophone believe it or not! Apparently, they peck at it to make music. Turns out ours are neither vain nor musical. After exhausting all our options and not having anywhere to keep her separate from the rest, we decided it was time to find Chickoletta a new home. I wondered if anyone would take her given her nature, but there’s nothing to say she’d be the same with some different friends. When she’s on her own she’s actually quite tame and happy to be handled. I put some feelers out a few days ago, and today Chickoletta has gone to live on a little farm called Forget me not Care farm. It’s a lovely little place attached to a garden centre not far from us. She’s been put in with some big girls so hopefully they’ll put her in her place. And now, fingers crossed, our remaining chicks will heal, grow some new feathers and start laying eggs again and live happily ever after.

Chicken corner complete 

Hello, how is everyone? I do hope you’ve had a lovely May Day weekend? For those of you that don’t know, we have chickens that live in our garden. They have a perfect little spot that I like to call Chicken Corner. Their coop was on it’s last legs and the ground is just like a muddy bog over winter so we decided it was high time the girls had a bit of a makeover.

This was their new shack. It’s actual name is the Chicken Shack!

Quite a bit bigger than their old coop, much more like a chicken castle. Very sturdy and spacious, hopefully it’ll last us a good while. While we were waiting for the muddy bog situation to be resolved, I painted the coop a lovely green with some white accents.

I thought that the only way to stop the muddyness would be to change the ground surface, so my hubby shifted tons (actually tons!) of excess earth from their corner of the garden. We then got Astro turf put down. 

I knew the girls wouldn’t be over impressed with that as they weren’t keen when we did it with the rest of the garden. But it’s the best option for them and so they still have some dirt to bathe in, I got these for free from our local tyre garage. 

I spray painted them to make them much more girly. My hubby cut some plywood to put in the bottom then filled them with soil. The girls think these are the best thing since sliced bread, they especially like the pink one!

These four girls in the above photo are new, we got them just last week. They’re called Chicoletta, Dumpy, Daisy & Oreo. Sadly, a couple of days after they came, we lost of one of our older girls, Rolo. She was beautiful.

At least she got to see the new pad. Do you want a little look? Please bear in mind that it’s extremely tricky trying to take photos in a teeny tiny corner. They’ve moved in just in time to enjoy the gorgeous ceanothus in full bloom above them. 

And inside their shack…

It is SO much easier cleaning them out now, it was backbreaking before. And no more mud. And now the ban has been lifted, they no longer have to be cooped up inside and can come out to play again. We have happy hens once more 🐓🐓🐓😊