Thursday, 13 August 2015

What a Worry


What a worry these chickens cause us sometimes.

 I spotted Caldwell snoozing in the sun the other day ... he stayed there for hours.  Hunched over and not responding to any movement around him.  I went over and checked him once and although he was very still with his eyes shut, he was warm and seemed to be just sleeping.

Then a few hours later Lovely Hubby shouted to me that Caldwell looked worse.  By the time we got over into Chicken World he as lying down and appeared lifeless.  LH picked him up and there was no resistance, he passed him over to me.  I stroked his feathers and his eyes opened, he seemed to pull himself together and sat himself more comfortably in my arms.

After a thorough looking over and checking every bit of him I sat him back down on the grass in the sunshine and he seemed to have perked up a bit.  I put a small handful of corn in front of him and he did his usual thing of calling the hens over to him to eat their fill.

They came and soon the corn was gone.


Then all through the day the hens took it in turns to come and sit by or simply loiter by the man in their lives.


Fussing around him and encouraging him to nibble at grass and the things in it.


He seemed to have a hen near him all day, which is unusual, he usually sits alone slightly apart from the girls and their clucky female busy-ness.


At the end of the day we kept an eye out for him in case he wasn't well enough to make it into the henhouse unaided, but by dusk he was on his usual perch on the top row in the henhouse.


And then this morning 48 hours after causing us lots of worry, he's back to his normal fighting fit self, strutting his stuff and most definitely being the head of the flock.

Now I only have to wait for him to attack Lovely Hubby and I know he completely back to normal.

Sue xx

16 comments:

  1. I was waiting for the worst. Thank heavens he is okay

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  2. That was me above - Sheridan in Queensland..

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  3. That was me above - Sheridan in Queensland..

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  4. I am glad he is better, he is a splendid looking rooster.

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  5. it might have just be a touch of tummy upset, or too much heat, if any of my chooks are under the weather I give them a bit of natural yogurt it usually perks them up

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  6. Glad to hear he's ok, that last line of your post made me laugh, your poor hubby! Get well soon Caldwell :)

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  7. Oh thank goodness he is looking better. I was getting really worried as I read your post!

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  8. So glad Caldwell seems a lot better. I'm sure LH won't mind being attacked if it proves Caldwell is ok!

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  9. He did look poorly - perhaps heat exhaustion ? It's very humid at the moment x

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  10. He must have been having an off day. Our girls have given us plenty of worry over the couple of years we have had them, they certainly know how to keep us on our toes that's for sure.
    Love Gem x x x
    Gem'sCountryLifeDream

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  11. Glad Caldwell is okay. I firmly believe that animals have off days,just like us humans.

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  12. dear Sue, when my chooks get peaky I give them a few (8/10) white grapes, so if its a tummy problem that usually does the trick Teresa

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  13. Oh you had me worried there; so glad Caldwell's story had a happy ending. I love how his little harem looked out for him while he was feeling poorly.

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  14. I am glad to hear Caldwell recovered.

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  15. He probably was exhausted keeping all the hens happy! Too much of a good thing, I reckon!

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  16. I hope he's still well. My chooks live to scare me with the near death routine!

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