Over the weekend, the chicken hospital was transformed into the chicken jail!
Saturday morning Vince decided it was time to move the injured chickens back to the rest of the flock. We knew there would be problems because they’ve been separated for about a week. I got plenty of scratch, chopped up some of “cost me an arm and a leg tomatoes”, put plenty of alfalfa hay into the run and the coop and re-united the chickens. We hoped all the extra treats would distract them and they wouldn’t even know two “strangers” had invaded. They knew! It was not a pretty sight.
The super friendly red stars welcomed the two injured chickens, which are Ameraucanas, back. Lynn, the meanAmeraucana chicken, went into full attack, peck their eyeballs out mode. We watched them for a few minutes and tried to control the situation and finally decided we had to take Lynn out of the mix. We put her in jail.
Then the second non-injured Ameraucana went nuts and started attacking the two injured chickens.
Vince grabbed her. If you enlarge the picture, you might can see that she still has in her beak a piece of a feather from one of her sisters! She normally isn’t a mean chicken but Lynn had them all so hyped up.
Into jail she went!
We left them there for a while. They pouted and complained and we made them both go to the corner!
After a couple of hours, and hopefully allowing everyone to calm down, we put the nicer of the two back into the coop. There were a few scuffles but nothing they couldn’t resolve on their own.
Then we put Lynn back into the coop. Without even thinking, he attacked Ruby! On her back and had her down. I believe Ruby was just the first chicken Lynn saw. Last week Lynn had pecked me on the ear when I stuck my head in the coop without first making sure she was not near me. She drew blood so I was pretty fed up with her anyway. When she attacked Ruby, the sweetest chicken ever, for no reason .. that was the final straw.
Now there are 9! Yes, I cried a few tears. I had so hoped she would learn to be nice but I can’t have one chicken injuring the others. It’s amazing how harmonious things seem to be in the coop this week. There have been a few scuffles but pecking order has been re-established and there seems to be no real hostility without Lynn in there. At least I’m not having to constantly watch out for where she is and all 9 of them allow me to pet them and they come to me when I go out there.
Life with animals isn’t always easy. Heck . . life with humans isn’t always easy, is it? And please . . no nasty comments about our having to get rid of Lynn . . it was hard enough already!