Lesson 1279 – She’s baaaaaaaack!

Many people have been asking me about Rudd (and my son told me to tell you how it’s pronounced because he said some of his friends are saying it wrong.)

Rudd is not pronounced “Rud” (like mud) it’s pronounce “Rude” (as in “how rude!”) This, of course, opens us up to all kinds of clever jokes like:

How’d you get to be so ruuuuuudd? (lyrics from a popular song)

Don’t be Rudd! – what we say to a chicken now when she’s acting a little off.

And of course –

“It’s a rather rude (Rudd) gesture, but at least it’s clear what you mean.” – Katherine Hepburn

All this aside, Rudd is fantastic. She’s her alert and active self.  We are all so relieved and so impressed with the strength of this little chicken.


I took this photo of her this morning, she was joining the gang for a sip of water (collected on the lid of the baby chick’s container that we had left out in the rain – oh well, water is water.) Our Rudd has returned from a horrendous injury and she’s rejoined the flock. This chick is definitely a survivor.



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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3 responses to “Lesson 1279 – She’s baaaaaaaack!

  1. Hurray for Rudd!! I love your blog. I have a flock of parrots not chickens but we have had some of the same adventures. Julie

    • Wendy Thomas


      Thanks for your comments and welcome to the flock!!


      On Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 8:13 AM, Lessons Learned from the Flock wrote:


  2. I’m glad your chicken recovered.

    Just for future reference, have you heard about the healing benefits of sugar on flesh wounds? This was a new concept to me that I discovered a couple of months ago when our young hen was injured. She was completely scalped by another hen because she was laying one of her first eggs ever and refused to get out of the nest box when an older hen wanted into her favorite nest to lay, too. I cleaned the wound initially with a little peroxide and purified water, then packed it every day with honey. Honey is a natural antibiotic (and anit-several other things which I have forgotten), and the sugar in it speeds wound healing.

    The only unfortunate part was that she shook her head often, which loosened the flap, so the flap did not heal down flat. Her head is completely healed and feathered out now, but she has this small pom-pom of feathers on the back of her head from the extra flap of skin that stayed alive. Makes her look like some kind of specialty breed chicken. Ha

    Sorry this is so long. I’m just thrilled with the easy results from honey. It works great on cuts and puncture wounds on humans, too.

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