Jo Bar­low

Your Chickens - - Contents -

Lit­tle Miffy, aka the Miff­ster, has had quite a time of it this past month. Up un­til re­cently, all the M Girls have been won­der­fully healthy, so I sup­pose we have been lucky.

How­ever, whilst the longer, sun­nier days bring happy times for hens and hen­keep­ers alike, they also bring prob­lems for the girls as they start to lay eggs aplenty. This year I have been on Pro­lapse Watch as well as a daily Knicker Check (my ever- present fear of fly­strike) – some­times watch­ing ea­gle-eyed from the lux­ury of the din­ing room with binoc­u­lars, but usu­ally on hands and knees grov­el­ling around in the mud af­ter hens who just seem to know you are try­ing to see their knicker area and con­se­quently man­age to back away from you no mat­ter where you po­si­tion your­self. Thank­fully, Flora’s an­nual pro­lapse did not ap­pear, but it was young Miffy who suf­fered with eggy is­sues.

One morn­ing Miffy had a soft egg com­ing out of her vent, which we care­fully re­moved, hop­ing that that had done the trick. How­ever, she con­tin­ued to be hunched up, not eat­ing, seem­ingly strain­ing, and gen­er­ally be­ing very un­happy. Most things I can cope with but delv­ing around in a girl’s

She was off up the gar­den as though noth­ing had hap­pened; a real brave lit­tle trooper.

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