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In my experience birds can suffer great injuries and pull through, they are not like most animals (I believe they are dinosaurs). Can you borrow a large wire type dog crate from someone and place it in the coop with the uninjured chick so that it can get to know the big girls better and then have someone pet sit the injured chick until you get home?

Aw, I'm sorry. Hopefully she makes a full recovery.

Poor Ladybird! I do hope she gets better!

I'm sorry - that's heartbreaking. Thank you for posting this. I just transitioned my chick outside today. I did put her in a separate pen in the coop BUT was thinking about letting her free so the hens could keep her warm & give her love. I think I'll just keep her in the pen for a couple weeks with the heat lamps instead.

Keep us posted on Lady Bird's progress.

Wishing the best for Ladybird, please keep us posted.

How awful ! I hope Lady Bird makes a full recovery.

I'm so sorry that happened! When our youngest ones were little one of them got their foot slammed in the coop door and did some pretty severe damage. After sequestering her, she healed rather quickly. Hopefully yours will be up and at 'em soon!

When my mom found a wounded chick, she'd put the ointment on and then get the ointment dirty so the other chickens wouldn't see it. Seems contrary but helped. This was for the birds that were the same age together. There were just too many to start keeping each injured one separate. Hope she heals quickly!

Oh, this is awful! I know it's Nature's way, but I'm such a softy when it comes to those lovely ladies. My best -- not only to Lady Bird (awesome name!), but also to you. I could hear the heartbreak in your words.

Your post, which was very interesting, reminds me why I like Willa Cather's novels -- those set in the American Midwest when the first settlers were carving out their lives. Death is as big a part of farm life -- all life I guess -- as birth. Both are full of drama. At least the kind of drama I've come to appreciate.

Poor Lady Bird. That is heartbreaking and you can't help but feel so helpless in these situations. As others have mentioned however, chickens are resilient. Years ago when I had hens a neighbor's dog mauled one of them, the kids favorite of course. All I had on hand was Vitamin E so I popped open a capsule and squeezed the oil onto the many and serious wounds and it did the trick. The hen went on to live to a ripe old age.
Here's hoping Lady Bird does the same.

Good luck!

As a kid on our farm I tried to save one of our hens from the gang rape of all the maturing roosters that were ready for the chopping block. She was an awful mess. I tucked her in the cab of our non-functioning truck that had yet to be hauled away. Eventually, we moved her to a friend's farm where she did okay for a while but eventually gave up the ghost.

I learned a lot about pecking order and survival of the fittest from that experience. Sad, and heartbreaking :(

If I lived in your town, I'd be offering to come over and continue to acclimatize the new birds outside while you're out of town! I hope Lady Bird pulls through.

I Too have had trublr with chicks this yr.6 just died from feedstore. 13peeped but no hatch 1 did and lived 1died with tested hens from last yr. I got 6 day olds to put under hens 1 dead rest gone. Last yr no problems this yr slot of people I know have had problems.I have 7 that are ok but sad chick yr feel ur pain.

I lost 6 first of season. The 13 no hatch but were formed one hatched one died. I got day olds and put them under th at nit that was six. Have 7 left... Been a rough year.

My husband and I went to a few stops on the Funky Chicken Coop Tour ( here in Austin last week and one of the things we were impressed with was how peaceful the backyards were. Amy, your post does show another side to keeping chickens.
It's especially upsetting to read that a chicken named Lady Bird was attacked during Bluebonnet time!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose


I had a similar problem when I was introducing some baby chicks to the flock. I was not really able to create a whole separate coop either. So, I took some heavy small gage wire fencing (each square was 1/2 inch) and created a tunnel that the babies could hide out in and the full grown hens could not fit inside. Then I used another piece to create a hideaway corner of the coop. I wired it to the sides of the coop and made the openings small so the full grown hens could not fit.

It worked like a charm! The babies had two hide-aways they could run to. The full grown hens would try, but never could fit through the tiny openings.

It might be worth a try for you.

I;m sory to hear of your sad experience. I too have a chook that is not happy in the group lately. They are strange creatures, i dont know whythey all cant just get along

I'm so sorry you had to learn the hard way. As much as we want chickens to be like people, they aren't.
On the up side, I've had chickens that sustained what looks like impossible damage, and they've survived - even thrived.
Best of luck to your girls.

I have to agree with Daryl on the damage they can sustain. We had one get pinned by our newly adopted dog (he burst out the door on us while it was the ladies time in the yard), she pulled through and is still top hen, but boy what a scare.

Wishing the best for Lady Bird!

Wow, thank you for your honesty. I'm not sure I'd have an easy time sharing it, but it's what people really need to know.

Best wishes to your little chick on a swift recovery!

So sorry! Hope she's okay and that you figure out a good solution.

Sorry, Amy! I had my own experience of the viciousness of chickens. Just ordered the wrong breeds--too aggressive.

My three Buff Orpingtons are a very peaceful crew. But I've been thinking of allowing the first one to get broody this year to hatch out a few chicks from my country neighbor's fertile eggs.

Now, I'm not so sure the other two hens would behave decently.

I am so sorry Amy. I so hope Lady Bird pulls through.

Our Esther nearly died after a raccoon attack and it took her two weeks of sleeping indoors to be able to move again, then a few months to have her wits about her - but now she's the same chicken she was before.

So I'm hoping Lady Bird will be able to pull through her injuries too. What a terrible trauma for all of you.


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