Thursday, July 15, 2010

A Story About Two Little Chicks

A long time ago, a hen named Kuku, hatched out two beautiful little chicks.

There was Edgar.  Edgar had a hard time getting out of the shell and i helped him out.  They tell you not to do this sort of thing, but it seemed the only option at the time.  Edgar did very well after a little bit of assistance.  At the time, we thought Edgar was a little lady, and we named him Lily.  When we figured out that he was not a Lily, we transferred his name to his female hatchmate.


This is the true Lily.  She is a female black sexlink, the only one i've had to live to maturity.


Edgar and Lily were the only chicks hatched to Kuku, and they stuck together like glue from day one.


They have come to be SO close and SO independent that i have a very hard time taking pictures of them.  Most of the time, when i try, i just get someone's tush.



Then, a few days ago, when i opened up the coop in the morning, Edgar was sitting in the floor of the coop, and didn't look like he was going anywhere.  When i tried to check on him, he hurriedly scampered away, but with a very very bad limp.  Oh no!  There is a deadly and contagious disease that sometimes presents this way in chickens, and at first my mind started to panic on me.  But, be still my soul, it turned out not to be so bad.  I isolated Edgar, gave him his own food and water so he wouldn't have to walk so much, and decided to watch and wait.  I was very pleased to see that Edgar was eager to eat and very vigorous.  And after a day or so, he was carefully using his bum foot.  Hallelujah!  Maybe it was just a sprained ankle.

After a few days in isolation, i decided to open the door to his area and let him decide when he wanted to join the flock.

When i came back to check on him mid-morning, i found him still in his isolation spot, but with company.  Lily had joined him.  She had missed him so much!  Since then, they have hardly left each others' side, stuck more to each other than they were before.  Edgar is still resting a lot, so Lily rests with him.  And today, i was finally able to get pictures of the lovely couple.


Haha! After i passed by the first time, they traded places.  I guess Lily needs Edgar to protect her from me!  


Two of the most beautiful birds i've raised so far.


This has been the story of Edgar and his limp.

Thanks for reading!

9 comments:

  1. very cool!!!!

    I love you!!!

    Mere

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  2. Lily and Edgar are beautiful! I'm glad Edgar got well. Enjoy the pictures and the posts. Luv ya'! ' Sandra

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  3. Very sweet! Never knew chickens could get attached to each other like that! Please tell me your not planning on eating Edgar? Or Lily? They just need to grow old together. How long do chickens live anyway?

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  4. Lisa, i wasn't planning to tell that part, but Edgar is currently destined to be someone's dinner.

    Chickens can live as long as 8-10 years, but since they are a prey animal, few live that long. Too many dangers round a bout.

    The average life span of a farm hen is 2-3 years.

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  7. OMG
    How can you eat Edgar! Now that we are all attached to him.... what will become of Lily?

    aaauuuuuggggghhhhh

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