Nora, our new arrival

Nora, our new arrival

We’ve just taken on board another chicken. Nora has come from the local farmer, who used to have a flock of ex-battery rescue hens, but one by one they died, leaving just one lonely chicken. The farmer’s wife is waiting for a new hen house to be built, so until that happens they didn’t want to replenish their stocks. And as they knew we kept a few chickens, wondered if we wanted to add another one to our small flock. Not being able to resist, we agreed to have her, and took her off their hands. We’ve named her Nora, not for any particular reason, although given the look of her legs, Nora is quite apt after Nora Batty.

We’ve quarantined her in the other run, just in case she’s carrying any nasties. But she is able to see the other chickens so they can get used to each other. We’ve given her a check over, and she’s got quite a lot of mites scuttling around her feathers, so she’s had a good dosing of mite powder to kill them off. We’ll follow this up with another dose in a few days to kill any other mites that have recently hatched and try to break the cycle. In addition we’re worming all the chickens to be on the safe side. She seems quite perky, and has settled in to her new home, but the real test will be when we let her in with the others and the new pecking order is established.

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