Okay, I saw something tonight I have NEVER seen before.
I have a bunch of red hens, and they all look alike, except that several have longer legs than the others.
They are all production reds, as far as I know, as Rhodies have darker feathers in my experience.
So tonight, I'm filling the pool in Swamplandia, and I notice a chicken clumping along oddly, next to me.
I watched her for a minute, and then took a good look at her feet.
Can you SEE them?
Biggify if you need to!
Each toe was encased in a solid capsule of dried MUD.
On two of her toes, the capsule was large.
I caught her (easily) and brought her in the house, over the heads of Ranger and Lilly, and got Keith up to help me.
I don't have pictures, but here's what we did. (MY NEW CAMERA... the one bought the week of the reunion... has failed, just like the one before. Canon will be getting a letter with both cameras this week).
We held her close to us, and talked to her gently, and soaked her feet in an old bowl of warm water. Then Keith began to pick at the toes on the left foot, while I held her. It took almost fifteen minutes to get the capsules loose and be able to pick them off. Except for one squirm, she was very good, and talked to us while we did it.
That one big squirm caused a nasty mess in the kitchen, but oh, well.
I carried her back out to the henhouse, and put her down... and she walked a couple of steps, realized she wasn't encumbered, and ran to the roost happily.
That's a new one on me, each capsule was round, just like you see above.
The ducks are moving next week, as soon as Chris comes to help me.
It was a gorgeous day, notwithstanding this mess... and the catmint is blooming away in the garden.
As I went by it, I noticed it was teaming with Croation bees. (Our neighbors, the Spehars, are from Croatia, and keep several hives)
I hope this video will load, because the sight was lovely.
PS If the cameraperson could keep her camera still while she was shooting a video, it would be a lot easier to see the bees working away, there were probably 50 of them.
Turn the sound up though, so you can enjoy the birdsong!