Sunday, November 22, 2015

Another refugee

Last week a dear friend texted me. Her daughter had rescued a chicken on a highway. Could I take it? Before I could answer, a photo followed:
A black sex-link! Just what I wanted to add next to our little flock! Of course, what I had in mind were a few pullets, not a single hen of undetermined age. Oh well. ;-)

Meet Elvira. I put her in a protective cage within the coop when we got home late last night. This morning I tossed out some tender greens to keep everyone occupied and turned her loose. After ducking under the nest boxes for a bit, she ventured forth into the yard, and was quickly challenged by one of the big Speckled Sussex hens. Elvira took care of her – and ALL comers, then went after those who weren't challenging her. Now half the flock is clucking in consternation and the other half is watching her warily. There's obviously a new hen at the top of the pecking order!

Cackling good-bye for now, from . . .

8 comments:

Mama Pea said...

This hen obviously was forced to become "street-wise" for survival and there'll be no stopping her now! ;o}

Michelle said...

Either that, or some urban chicken-keeper threw her out when she started beating up on her flockmates!

Mary Ann said...

Thank you for rescuing her! I wonder how she came to be on a highway?

Tina T-P said...

it seems to be the time for rescuing wayward strays - Kathy L. ended up with a Rambouillet ewe who had escaped from the Basque sheep herder flock of 15,000 - He said Kathy could keep her - he wasn't sending a truck for one sheep. Poor thing. T.

Donna said...

Welcome Elvira!

edde said...

let us know if she ever lays an egg

Susan said...

A hen with moxie! I should have her give my rooster lessons in manning up. :)

Nancy Kay said...

What a story! Elvira is quite a gal; it's pretty obvious she can take care of herself.