Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

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Friday 21 January 2011

Injured hen

Have Treacle the hen in a box next to the aga as she has somehow injured herself and although I can't see any obvious sign of injury, she can only stand/walk for a short time and then sinks to the ground....wings slightly outstretched

She has been like it for 3 days now and has actually improved a bit as she can now walk and stand up. She is also a bit hunched over anyway because she is moulting a bit

Apart from this she is well and happy, eating, drinking, BEABT and pooing etc, so am hoping a few days in the warm being immobile may help the muscles to heal.

I had a hen like this once before, where she landed hard off a fence, I did the same thing and she recovered....
Treacle is a good hen, the best layer and a very friendly personality.... Crying or Very sad and I am hoping bringing her inside will keep her muscles warm, as she is not going to heal well sitting on the cold ground and also she was not getting to the food as the others just pushed her aside...

If she continues to improve day by day and can start to walk around that will be good. If at any point she looks distressed I will kill her.

Although I name my hens, and am very keen on them, and recognise their individual nature, I tend not to anthropomorphise very much now . I used to, but after so many deaths, sadly it becomes too much ... Crying or Very sad

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