Tending fine-fleeced Shetland sheep and a whole lot more on a small acreage in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
Sunday, November 22, 2015
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!