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.
Seven days after bald.Nine 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.