Crazy as a Loom

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Farming it.

While I am in Georgia visiting my friend, Lois has been in charge of the studio, which includes cat care, and MUCH to her dismay, chicken duty.
Today I got the call that I knew had to come.  I have been dreading her having any problems related to her "fowl" duties.

But sure enough, while I was perusing Kroger's grocery store, looking for stuff for dinner, my cell phone rang.    A hysterical pretty upset Lois was on the other end of the line.

It seems that Bart had somehow gotten injured, and his entire chest was covered in blood.  And if you know anything about chickens, you know that the rest of them will 'happily' peck him to death, if he is bleeding.
We went over all the different scenarios that might work.  Unfortunately, the coop is one room, and there is no place to separate a wounded chicken. That's going to change this year, I promise you.

Finally, she suggested that she call our Wildlife Control guy, who lives nearby.  He has successfully rehomed a few skunks for me.
Then it hit vet has taken care of some strange animals, even an iguana.  Why not a rooster???

Lois just called me, in her car, on the way to the vet, with Bart in a crate in the back. 

Probably crowing all the way.

Lois's first book may be called "Hit by a Farm CHICKEN".

Hoping Black Bart is ok.  We'll keep you posted.

I better get home.


Hilary said...

Uh oh. Poor Bart.. and poor Lois. And you. I hope all turns out okay.

Deb said...

Wouldn't you know it...just when you are away. That's the way things happen usually. Hope he's ok, that Lois is now meditating somewhere and that you have a good trip home. Deb

Dizzy-Dick said...

Rumble in the chicken coop. Could be a good novel title.

Country Girl said...

Oh, let's hope things get better. Yeah, those damn chickens. They'll peck someone to death who is down and out.

Jaimie said...

HI. There is a Boston area blogger at and her blog has an amazing amount to advice for chicken keeping. I highly recommend you check it out as she has great advice.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

A dog crate is an excellent way to separate a chicken when necessary. I also have a two-story rabbit hutch in the middle of my coop that is a good little condo for any that need isolation. It allows them to remain in the midst of the flock and yet get the rest they need. I hope Bart is okay.

Daryl said...

oh poor Bart .. hope that he is on the mend and Lois is less stressed xo

Gayle said...

On the edge of my seat, waiting. Hope BB is peachy. Poor L.

messymimi said...

Poor Lois and poor Bart, i hope they both recover quickly!

Vicky said...

Oh Bart- oh dear and Lois is an angel! Fingers crossed the vet figures out a reasonable plan to heal and help Bart!

Joy said...

Just wondering if your head is feeling better down there....stay if it is! L's got this!! Winter storms ain't over yet...

1horsetown said...

If it's been cold in your area, it could be frost bite on the comb or waddles. Bart has a goodly supply of both. Those little points are definitely prone to frost bite. Bart, being black, is less likely to get pecked. Blood doesn't show up as well on black as it does other colors. And, being in the area of the head, every little thing bleeds like crazy.

Unknown said...

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