Chicken Drama on the Homestead

Reader Contribution by Faithful Homesteader
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It has been a challenging month on the homestead. First, I had to deal with one hen’s prolapsed vent and then our other chicken went broody. My cat also has a urinary tract infection. I am just ready for everyone to get back to normal. I have certainly had enough chicken and cat drama for now.

Buster, the hen with the prolapsed vent, spent a good deal of time inside for over a week because we were trying to stop her from laying eggs. We needed to give her time to heal. It took awhile, but she finally quit laying, and I put her back outside to get her back to a normal routine. Now she is molting big time.

It has been over a week, and she is still not back to her old self. She crows most every morning inside the coop. She spends a lot of time in the coop, and that was not her normal behavior in the past. Our chickens are pasture-raised and normally they only lay eggs and sleep in the coop. I don’t know if part of this had to do with getting used to spending so much time indoors in our chicken hotel, or because our other chicken decided to be a moody broody. Maybe it is a little of both.

I would have been okay with Buster going broody, but instead it was our other one, Keypone. Part of me wondered if it was boredom because she spent a lot of the day alone when Buster was inside. However, we did try to spend time with her. It seemed like this time she was extra moody and mean. For the first time ever, she pecked me.

Another thing that was incredibly annoying about Keypone is she started yelling a lot, and it is a really unpleasant sounding yell. I definitely worry about my neighbors when she goes off like that. It seems she did it when we locked her out of the coop, or when she wanted Buster to come out and play.

But, finally, Keypone is no longer broody, however both girls are still spending a good deal of time in the coop. Keypone still yells a bit. Before all this happened, the girls were really active in the yard, but now not so much. My cat Abigail is still dealing with her UTI, even after getting an antibiotic. We have to get her taken care of, too.

I will feel better once they all get back on track. I don’t like all this drama on the homestead. I can’t even get good quality time with my girls with so much going on with them. I will be glad when the chickens get back to living their quality, pasture-raised lives.

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