She just curled up her toes!!

We went down to clean the chickens out this afternoon.  We did all the normal stuff, changing their straw, sweeping out the sawdust and droppings, filling up their pellet feeder and changing their water.  Neil was in the hen enclosure doing the water, when he saw one hen step on another that was laying down.  The laying down hen did not move, which Neil thought was odd, so he went to investigate and found that one of our Speckledy’s had just curled up her toes and was lying in the sunshine dead!!

We had no warning of this.  She had not acted poorly in the preceding days, we had not seen any signs that anything was wrong and there she was laying on a patch of grass in the middle of their run, so unlikely that she died of fright!! We can only assume her heart gave out or something similar to suffer sudden hen death.

Neil took her poor body away to the woods for the fox disposal service. So now we are down to 13 hens, 12 laying birds and one foster mum, who doesn’t lay at the moment as she is still looking after the chicks which are 7 weeks old today.  Today we had 11 eggs, including one massive one (ouch!!), so not bad for 12 hens!!

If you want to try our eggs for breakfast visit us at www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk

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3 Comments »

  1. Damaris said

    It’s strange how these things happen – to plants, as well. It sounds like you’ve got a good healthy band in general, though.

  2. Jo Mead said

    Oh how sad. The other 11 seem to be doing well though and you get a good daily batch of fresh eggs. I am loving the posts by the way. xx

    • Thanks Jo, how are you doing? Summer has been all to pot with the weather and not all the crops have faired too well. Mother hen has just started laying again and the baby chicks are growing like made, about 10 inches tall now

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