rescue hens

by Sherry Hill June. 07, 2018 290 views

one week ago, i rescued two old hens.. i can't even say i rescued them from the soup pot, but rather from the manure pile.. these chickens weren't laying anymore and their owner needed to make room for new chicks.. before you get your hackles up about cruelty to animals, i am the first to advocate for animals & deplore any animal cruelty.. i make stronger connections to animals than i do most people.. and it's hard for me living in a small corner of the world that is still very old fashioned.. people here are poor and live off the land.. in every way imaginable.. and we are situated right beside a large Amish community too.. i am literally surrounded by folks that live a meager existence and are happy doing so.. i fit in because i grew up dirt poor on an indian reservation and i know what it's like to clean and gut your food if you wanted to eat dinner..

so back to the chickens.. old hens don't contribute, cost too much in feed and they get ousted.. so.. i have 2 chickens of my own.. [had more but devastatingly lost some to foxes] and my chickens are really spoiled little kids dressed up in feathers..

this is how my chickens hang out..

[didi was a pampered chicken]

[didi was a pampered chicken]

so when i heard about these 2 old girls, i of course agreed to adopt them.. i was shocked by the condition they were in.. too thin, they had never free ranged or been in a coop, simply penned, then discarded & passed around to people that didn't want them.. their feathers were plucked and broken and their bodies full of wounds from dogs nipping and chasing them..

[annie in one week]

[annie in one week]

so i called this one Annie.. she was so bad off, i didn't think she'd make it.. she limped and smelled bad from her wounds.. i treated her wounds, gave her electrolytes, smeared vasoline on her scaly legs to kill the mites, put apple cider vinegar in her water, cayenne pepper & medicines.. gave her fresh fruit & veggies & protein..

[edie in one week]

[edie in one week]

this is Edie.. she comes when called now and will eat tomatoes from my hand.. and this old girl still has some life in her, she's given us 3 eggs.. they have put on weight and their feathers are softer & shiny.. AMAZING WHAT ONE WEEK OF LOVE CAN DO..

my 2 chickens are bossy & were so upset that i brought in a couple strays, but they are figuring out their own pecking order.. they are teaching them to forage and where to find the good bugs and where to take dust baths.. and when mama calls, you run fast, cuz she's always got something good to nibble on..

[hens sunbathing]

[hens sunbathing]

my two original hens.. Guardy & Pepper - getting a mid afternoon dust bath and basking in the sun..

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Jennifer Raknerud 1 year, 3 months ago

Ha, I didn't know that they would like to cuddle..very cute!

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Camellia 1 year, 3 months ago

Wow! How cool! You obviously have a very good heart. smile

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Sherry Hill Replied to Camellia 1 year, 3 months ago

ah, thank you.. i just love chickens.. heh

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 3 months ago

You have a good heart my friend

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Sherry Hill Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 3 months ago

Thanks.. it feels right to help them.

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 3 months ago

What a wonderful, heart-warming story! Bless your heart! 
Great pictures., especially the "before & after" shots of the new girls!!!

1 year, 3 months ago Edited
Sherry Hill Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 3 months ago

thank you Jay..

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Jay Boggess Replied to Sherry Hill 1 year, 3 months ago

My pleasure! 

:=D

Cheers!

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Andi Saw 1 year, 3 months ago
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Sherry Hill Replied to Andi Saw 1 year, 3 months ago

Thanks Andi.. just following my heart.. purple heart

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 3 months ago

#1 - OMG - that is too cute and funny! I think, my daughter is dreaming of something like that.

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Sherry Hill Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 3 months ago

i waited a life time to have chickens.. they are the best.. and hey, my pets give me breakfast, can't get any better than that.. heh

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Sherry Hill 1 year, 3 months ago

thumbsup

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