It has been an interesting month with Miss Blossom. In early January, I noticed she was not with the other hens. She was in nesting boxes or off in a corner. At first I thought she might be about to lay again. But I wasn’t finding any eggs. So it wasn’t that. And then I noticed that she was very lethargic and not eating as enthusiastically as she usually does. Her crop was fine and she wasn’t egg bound, but something was up. So I brought her in the house and set up a crate for her.
All she wanted to do was sleep. She refused all food. Blossom has always been a very good eater so this was not good. Perhaps a few days inside would help.
I expected her to improve but she didn’t. She just went into a corner and slept. Even grapes did not tempt her.
She refused all food for days. She was getting dehydrated and very thin. But I was not going to give up on her. I gave her water in a syringe. And made up a smoothie with oats, yogurt, blueberries, parsley and some herbs. I fed her this as well. In a few days she was feeling much better and started to eat on her own. Yay!!! But she had now been in the house for over a week. It was cold outside and I knew the others would be mean to her (the worst thing about hens is the “mean girl” thing they do). She would not be able to go back to Cluckingham Palace for awhile. She would need to be stronger for that.
But on a sunny day she could visit.
She was thrilled to be “home” but surprised that the other girls rejected her.
I stayed with her with my trusty water spray so no one attacked her, but they pointedly ignored her and would have nothing to do with her.
Everyone was in the big run so Blossom and I went up to the coop. She was happy to be there and explored a bit. But after awhile she got cold and bored so we went back in the house.
We visited a few more times but if I wasn’t there with my water bottle the mean girls tried to attack poor Blossom. This was going to take awhile.
And then poor Blossom developed a respiratory problem. Oh no!! No more visits to Cluckingham Palace until that was sorted.
On sunny days we did go out to the greenhouse so Blossom could scratch and peck and be a chicken. But her breathing was still bad.
So off to the Vet we went.
Poor Blossom, this has been a very hard month for her. The Vet agreed her breathing was bad. It was possible that when I was feeding her with a syringe she aspirated a bit of food. Or she just could have picked up some bug. She gave me a prescription for some antibiotics and said keep her warm and cozy for a few days.
So she stayed in her sunny room with her radio for lovely music, her friend in the mirror and lots of treats.
And she improved. She is eating well, talking constantly and very perky. But Her breathing, while improving is not perfect yet.
We go out to the greenhouse on sunny days.
There she can scratch and peck, look for worms ( she actually found one) and snack on the mint that winters there. It is not home, but it at least gives her something to do.
She still has a few days of antibiotic. Hopefully she will be better soon. And then we can begin again to bring her home. And her sisters will hopefully accept her and everything can get back to normal!