We had a very rainy June – most of the things I had direct sowed into the garden must have drowned. They did not sprout. So I had to replant a lot of seeds – beans, carrots, beets. Since the beginning of July we’ve dried up a little bit – we are getting more sun than rain anyway, so that is helping. The garden is finally taking off. Here are some pictures:
We were out feeding the chickens tonight, and realized one of our hens has a wound on her back. She is now in our makeshift “hen hospital.”
She’s one of my Production Red hens from our first batch of chickens, so she’s almost 3 years old. She has historically been one of the roosters’ favorites, so she tends to look a bit beat up, missing feathers from too much male attention. She happens to be molting right now, so with the roosters jumping on her, she developed a sore on her back, and then someone else started pecking at it. Chickens have a habit of pecking at anything that is red, which isn’t good if someone has a wound. I just noticed the sore tonight, and it looked really bad, so I figured we would take her in at least to clean it up. After taking a better look I decided we will keep her in for a few days to let her heal up and rest for a bit.
I’ll let her stay in for a few days, at least until she heals up. Then she’ll get to wear a chicken apron if it doesn’t seem to hurt her – sometimes with the molt it hurts them to wear one, or be touched at all. An apron will prevent the roosters from digging their claws into her back. She is a little small for the aprons I have, so I may have to resize one to fit her.
One of our one month-old chicks is frizzled. I believe she’s from one of the chocolate/Maran hatching eggs I bought – when she was born she was black with a cool red/cherry colored head. Now I have no idea what kind of chicken this is – I read that the frizzle gene can show up in any breed. In the U.S. they don’t consider “Frizzle” a breed, but in Europe supposedly they do. She also has 5 toes instead of four, which I read is another genetic thing that can just happen. I used to think only Dorkings got 5 toes. I don’t know for sure that she’s a girl, but because of her uniqueness, she is safe from Freezer Camp if she turns out to be a boy. I’ll keep her around because I just love how she looks – I hope she’s a girl though. Here are some pics of my frizzled chicken:
I like having different breeds/kinds of chickens – it’s really interesting watching them change as they grow up – sometimes you get some really unusual things, as you can see here.