Talk about cheap entertainment . . we sometimes drag out our lawn chairs and sit and watch the chickens. Some nights, one gets to be held and petted for a while.
The red stars are so sweet! And, they really love being close to us. Sunday night while sitting out watching them, I noticed that one of them seemed to be itching. She was pecking at her feathers and getting really aggravated. Hey . . I know how she feels. I sometimes have an allergic reaction and itch quite a bit myself!
Yesterday I was at the feed store when they opened and explained that I thought she might have mites. That’s a problem sometimes with chickens. The feed store people didn’t think she has mites because they said it doesn’t usually happen in the summer but they sold me some stuff and said . . just catch her and dust her real good with this! Sounds real simple but . . it was this chicken!
Miss Congeniality herself! I’m scared of her. And, I’m scared of this one too.
That means there’s 8 that don’t scare me. Since I’m scared of my shadow, 2 out of 10 isn’t bad.
So, I needed to catch Miss Congeniality, and I needed to hold her and dust her. She must know I’m afraid of her and she’d come at me squawking and trying to peck me. I was quicker than she was and she never made contact but she was more persistent and I finally gave up. Lucky for both of us, Vince doesn’t mind being a little “hen pecked”! 🙂 He devised a plan where we would trap her between the run and the coop and then he’d hold her while I dusted her. I believe it was just the gnats driving her nuts and they may be bothering her more than the others because she’s so light. I don’t know . . none of the others seem to be having an itching problem.
All I have to say is . . those four Ameraucanas had better start laying soon and they’d better lay some pretty colored eggs because I don’t like them at all and I’m still thinking . . smoked chicken and gumbo! 🙁