Transforming Red

It has been almost three weeks since I pulled “Red” out of the coop to recover from the abuse of her sister chickens. The transformation is amazing. First of all, our relationship has changed dramatically. Where she once cowered away from everything and pecked at me in fear and anger when I came close, now she is calm and cheerful when I come to visit. She has granted me the status of Rooster. When I reach into her pen, she promptly squats down and fluffs her wings out to the sides so that it is easy for me to pick her up, or even just to gently pet her.

Secondly, her feathers have come in and she looks plump and healthy. If you have never seen the process of chicken feathers growing in, you’ll find this interesting.

20160222_121323Seven days after bald.20160226_132100Nine days.

20160303_151137Eleven days.

20160228_141830Thirteen days.

20160305_150824Nineteen days.

Now, it is time to start working out a plan to reintroduce Red to her flock. I will have to do some research so I don’t blow it.





About bluestempond

Hobby farmer living at Bluestem Pond in Michigan.
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9 Responses to Transforming Red

  1. Linsey says:

    Good luck getting Red reintegrated with the flock. Her story is so compelling, and it’s great that you had success! Rooting for you both! Linsey

  2. JodiMelsness says:

    Red just needed some love!!

  3. Ann Coleman says:

    I’m so glad it worked, and that Red is not only doing better, but seems to be a happier chicken as well. Who knew?

  4. Reblogged this on Vector Charley and commented:
    We want to show equal time to our feathered friends here at Vector Charley.

  5. When we had chickens we always had a rooster, otherwise this kind of thing would happen a lot. A rooster seems to stop the worst abuses…

  6. Poor Red. She’s looking great now though. Have you thought about putting one of your birds in with her for a while and then introducing the pair back into the flock so she doesn’t get singled out? Hope all goes well for you.

  7. bluestempond says:

    Hey, that’s a good idea! I’ll try to figure out who is her best ally.

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