Thursday, June 02, 2005

And then there was one!

I can't believe it, I am down to one hen. There were two until two days ago and then one was making a lot of noise the other night. I knew something was up. Sure enough, one hen now and he's running around like a ninny all confused and lonely. He tears across the yard looking, it's so sad. The one that is gone is the one that was roosting all over. I assume she was hit by a car. I'll ask my neighbor, somehow they know where and when they were hit.

Now I'm afraid the last one will be terribly lonely and either run away or just end up being hit by a car as he wanders aimlessly around. I can't get others cause they would be babies and then I have to get the heat lamps, etc. I'm not into cleaning bird poop out of a box for a month. These came to live here full grown and stayed from last fall. They just appeared one day and never left.

Having them has taught me several things:

1) They are some of the dumbest creatures on the planet. They will walk right in the road and just sit down. They also will peck at their own reflections and be-bop and watch themselves.

2) Bird poop, or in any event hen poop, stinks just like dog poop and is gross.

3) You can love a creature you can't pick up and hold

4) I want to get more birds for outside, but don't want them from chicks and am saddened that they are gone.

5) I need a more interesting life when all I can think about is my poor lonely last hen.

10 comments:

noricum said...

That's so sad about your hens! I hope the last one isn't too lonely.

Kimberly said...

Awww - the last hen must be lonely now! I know a chicken farmer (actually going to visit him this weekend, but not to buy chickens) but I think that importing hens from Ireland would be impossible! :-)

ThreeOliveMartini said...

i know some friends that have guinea fowl and other assoted chickens if you really want some .. let me know and I can probably get some info.. cause he needs some company ..

Stacey said...

I'm sorry about your poor hen! You could maybe ask around at animal rescues? Near here there's a rescue that takes in all kinds of animals, not just cats/dogs, so if there's someplace like that near you you might be able to find some full-grown birds who need a home...

Wendy said...

Is your chicken coop covered? My grandmother use to raise chickens, she lived next door to me when I was a kid. I think I know enough about raising them to answer any question you have. I would guess that something got into your chicken coop and killed your hen. If it isn't covered you might have had a chicken hawk or some other type of bird of prey. If it is, look around the outsides for any holes, a fox might have gotten in or some other type of varment.

If you don't have a chicken coop and they just roam free, then I would suggest building a little coop for them so they can nest there at night. Then, you can let them out during the day to roam and put them back in at night.

ladylinoleum said...

As a person with 9 birds I can attest to the fact that these feathered creatures do much better with feathered buddies. I would try your local animal shelter. I know that we have tons of chickens in our Southern California shelters. Adoption prices are usually very minimal too.

Joy said...

Oh how sad for the poor chickens! We had peacocks growing up. They are gorgeous but MEAN.

Heather said...

Poor Hen!

I have never been able to keep Guinea's around as long as you have Deneen.

Natalie said...

Woo-Hoo!! I can comment!!

Sorry about your birdie...I agree, I think he'd be much happier with a buddy. Although, I personally think chickens are foul (sorry for the cheesy pun) and wouldn't want tons of them running around in my yard.

I'd be willing to respond to your Help Wanted ad, too...

Donna said...

I'm not a bird person, but I love animals and it would kill me to see them hurting (or lonely). Maybe you can get full grown birds somewhere...and Deneen, thanks for always leaving such nice words of encouragement on my blog.

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