Friday, May 3, 2013
Recently one of Holly's chickens was being picked on by the rest of them in the coup. It ended up bleeding and Holly rescued her and took her inside to see if she could fix her up. She started out in a dog kennel in the garage and eventually ended up being a member of the family (they have a sign on their front yard that says "dump all strays here"). She was suppose to be "reintroduced" to the coup again but that didn't work out so well. She ended up breaking her leg which meant even MORE care. Holly said to her husband "if she stops laying eggs we know she isn't going to make it". But, she kept on laying!
Well, now it ends up that she got a "name". If you have ever had kids drag something injured, lost, stray home you know that once they are "named" they are yours for life! So, this poor "hen pecked", broken legged chicken was named "Chick-On". And "Chick-On" is with the French pronunciation "Shick-on", much like the French pronunciation of "Target" or "Tar-je".
Miss Chick-On gets a daily bath because with the broken leg she gets a bit "messy" back there! Holly remarked "have you ever tried giving a bath to an animal that is really NOT suppose to be bathed?". It's not an easy job but Miss Chick-On loves being wrapped up in her towel and getting a little nap in afterwards on someone's lap!
Easter came and by this time Miss Chick-On was a full-fledged family member which entitled her to her own Easter stuffie. And what would you guess that stuffie would be? Well of course, it was a little chicken that looked exactly like her! You can see by the picture that it was love at first sight for them both.
Miss Chick-On has since healed up nicely from the pecking by her peers and her broken leg. Sadly the other chickens will not let her back into the flock, they are the ultimate "mean girls". So, Miss Chick-On lives in the house now, sleeping in the kennel each night in the boxes that laundry detergent comes in from Sam's Club that my Mom takes her each week. They have the perfect U cut out in them that mimic the nests in the coup. Holly says she won't potty in her kennel and "holds" it until morning when she goes outside! She continues to lay her egg each day for her room and board.