Another of our chickens has gotten injured.
This time it's Betty, the beautiful black pullet -her ear was almost ripped off. I got off work late one night this week, but wanted to go visit the chickens in the coop anyway. So I woke them all up and turned the light on, they all wanted to sit in my lap and get pets and neck rubs, the Big Yellow Rooster was crowing in excitement, life was generally good in the coop. Betty was roosting with her sisters, then she turned her head sideways and I saw all the blood and gore on her ear. Poor girl.
Our problem is that we have 13 hens and 8 roosters. Well, maybe 13 and 8, but it could be 14 and 7, we're not too sure about one boy, he might be a girl, we're waiting to see what happens. And snow on the ground outside makes the chickens spend alot of time in the coop. We already sold a few roosters, and now we're going to have to get rid of some more. It's so hard to choose who goes and who stays because I've gotten to know each bird's personality, their good traits, what they like and dislike. I've been watching them grow and develop into good roosters, leaders. I've just gotten too attached... But such is life with chickens. Some will have to go.
Back to Betty ~ She came inside, got a very good head cleaning and inspection. Her earlobe was almost ripped off, leaving raw flesh exposed, which was pecked by the curious chickens. We put some antibiotic ointment on it and are hoping it heals up. It will be a few days before it's all healed - I don't want to put her back out in the coop just to have the chickens peck her to death. I wonder if she is now deaf in that ear?
Meanwhile, Betty's in my bathroom. She's trying to buy her way out of confinement - she's laid an egg every afternoon since she's been inside.
PS - If anyone wants a good rooster for their flock, let me know!! It would be nice to know if my boys got a good home.