The chicken I showed you last night is still with us, but not for long, I think.
She actually came outside this evening. There she is, standing, eyes closed.
She waited until the ducks and other chickens had picked through the greens I brought in... before she picked at a couple of the scraps, but didn't eat them.
Then she stood, solitary, eyes closed again.
This hen is one of the 16 that I bought as "2 year olds" from a friend last year. I came to find out later that my "friend" had been given them by a chicken keeper who was culling his flock for new replacements. They were actually 4 and 5 years old. I should have paid attention, because it was so evident.
About 8 of these birds are already gone, some did not survive the heat last summer.
Here is the face of another, Splash... Splash has been acting like she has morphed into a rooster (which I have had happen before).... she is mounting the other hens and trying to breed them. She's also a bully.
That's Splash and a production black, and you can tell by their faded faces they are both old girls.
Neither is laying.
Thank heavens these little girls are all still laying!
The buff/white hen made it back into the henhouse tonight, but is not laying down or roosting. She is standing, eyes closed.
I'm just waiting.