Lesson 1146 – One smart chick

Yesterday while I was covering this event:
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I kept getting text messages from my daughter about our Silver Sebright: Isabelle, our little bird who recently had that pox-like infection.Isabelle was cold and lost, so I have her inside, warming her up.Although I knew the wind was teeth jarring and very strong yesterday (I was concerned that some of our chickens might even blow away), how on earth was our chicken lost? I asked my daughter.She was just sitting in the middle of the backyard, not moving.

Okay, I replied. Keep an eye on her.

Next she sent me a photo with this text:

Mamma-Hen Fillin: How to care for a chicken like a baby, let it sleep
downsized951102041252Followed by: Fun Fact Chickens snoreUm, chickens do not snore, now I was starting to get worried. Something was up with Isabelle. But of course, I was far away in another town taking photos like this:
IMG_20141102_131030877_HDRI’m gonna try to get her outside and see how she does.Okay but keep an eye on her.She’s back inside.

When I got home, I checked on Isabelle who was being cuddled in a towel by my daughter. Our little bird looked limp and sleepy. Quite frankly, she didn’t look strong at all – perhaps her infection was returning.

Let’s put her in a box for the night, I said. My daughter fetched a cardboard box and we placed Isabelle in it  –  she immediately jumped out and started to walk around the house looking for food. Didn’t look like much was wrong with this bird, but I decided to keep her in the rabbit hutch (chicken ICU) for the night just in case she was coming down with something.

This morning, I checked on her and she is as right as rain. Nothing wrong with that bird that I can tell.

Clearly, we either have a chicken who might have a little brain dysfunction going on as a result of her recent infection (lost in our backyard?) or we have a genius chicken who has figured out how to spend a cold, windy day wrapped up in a warm towel being cuddled by teen girls while her flock mates suffer outside in the bitter weather.

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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1 Comment

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One response to “Lesson 1146 – One smart chick

  1. That’s so funny Wendy. Glad the little girls okay now though. I reckon she had a touch of ‘Mom-sickness’. You know, like being homesick, except you miss your Mom. She’s one smart chicken🙂

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