Curry & Rice are 2 fullygrown commercial Hyline hens. They have come to live with us with our 2 araucanas, in the coop.
They had been caught in the QLD floods. They survived, it seems, by perching high in trees for a week. I can only imagine what was going through their chooky heads. Since then, the poor girls have lived thigh deep in mud, ranging the flood ravaged block, foraging for what they could.
Now they live with us.
They were wormy, covered in caked poo and mud, and Curry so stressed she still has not closed her beak.
Being the good adoptive parents we are, we have cleaned them up, crop wormed them (the only non-organic thing I do with the chooks) and after a day set them in with our fussy, opstropolous Araucanas. Stew repaid the offer of companionship by spending the entire Saturday standing outside the garden shed (a good 10 meters away from the coop) quivering in indignation and bok-bok-BOK-ing at the intruders (which are twice her size).
The intruders, huge as they are, shivered behind the palm trees, only poking their heads out to see if it was yet safe. Curry, who is a good 3 cms wider and taller than Rice, spent the day hidden behind her companion nudging her forward as if to say ‘YOU go first’.
They spent their first night together asleep on the grass by the doorway near the roost, since the bossy Stew & Dumpling (who are the size of small bantams) stretched their wings out and hogged the roost, not allowing the newbies any perch space at all.
Curry and Rice seem to be drinking a LOT of water. They are only eating the pellets, have not really ventured out into our yard (we free range) for scraps or a dig. I offered them pear cores, they didn't touch them. (The ara's took care of that!)
Curry has crop vomited a watery substance twice today. She has a clean bum. Rice's bum is awful, but she is not vomiting, just watery poo. Rice is pecking gently at Curry's face - or more closely at her crop area.
I am happy to wait it out, but would be interested in what others have to say about the new arrivals.