chickens · Daisy and Winter

New Year New Life

In the night, on December 8th,  Mr. Cottage and I became chicken grandparents.  Our little hen, Daisy only 8 months old herself hatched her first chick.  Daisy was terribly weak and unable to stand or walk because of her 21 days of sitting and not eating or drinking.  I knew I needed to help her out.

 It was bitterly cold outside with temperatures in the teens, I made the decision to bring chick and mom into the house.

 I gave Daisy a bath to clean her feathers, she had poop caked on her butt from sitting in it for so long and I was afraid of infection.  I gave both mom and her chick electrolytes and probiotic.  Treats with lots of protein for Daisy.  We fixed a special spot for them in the house.  For a few hours, a heat lamp was used to help dry Daisy.  Until she was completely dry, she did not let the chick get up under her.  Chicks go under their mom to keep warm and for protection.

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 After a few days, Daisy was able to stand and then in a few more to walk about.  It was decided that the chick would be named Winter.

Daisy and baby Winter spent the next two weeks in our house.  Chickens poop A LOT.   So having them in your home is not the most ideal situation.  I walked around with a wad of paper towels and cleaner at the ready.  But I swear to you – it really wasn’t that bad.

All of the cats and dogs took it in stride and enjoyed watching them.

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Did you get the feeling someone was watching you sleep, Mr. Bonez?

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Wynnie looks down at Daisy and Winter while they sun bathe.

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Early morning as the sun rises Daisy and Winter sit with me and watch old holiday movies.

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Daisy is a very good mom.  It is such a privilege to be able to watch them and I feel like I have learned so much too.

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Father Cottage grew up on a farm and he too says he has learned a bit watching these two.  Here he is feeding them peanuts.  He so enjoyed watching how Daisy would take the nut and then break it into smaller pieces and then call Winter to eat the small pieces.

After two weeks, I knew it was time to move them outdoors.  They have their own space on the back porch away from the other chickens.   They also have a small area fenced in, where they can range and see the other chickens through the fence, Daisy, says it soon will be time for them to be introduced back into the flock.  Sigh.  I’ve really enjoyed this time with them.

  Having new life here on our little farm as a new year is upon us, is surely a sign of good things to come in this year.

Wishing you all the best in 2017.

Thank you for being here today.

xo Kim

of Red Dirt Farm

Coral Cottage is now Red Dirt Cottage

Cottage Roadside Stand is now Red Dirt Farmstand

12 thoughts on “New Year New Life

  1. Am so glad you came to Daisy’s aid and brought her into your warm house. Sometimes we just need a little help. Had knee replacement surgery Dec. 12 (no picnic!) and I have had to rely on my brother for a little help. Found it interesting that the other animals just took the chickens in stride like “no big deal.” Wishing you the very best in 2017.

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    1. Linda – you are so right sometimes we all need a little (or a lot) of help. I’m glad your brother is there to help you. I know what a difficult thing having a knee replacement is. I hope you heal quickly.
      Yes, I’m proud of all the other critters for playing so nicely. 2017 is going to be full of good things. xo k

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  2. Oh Kim! This has GOT to be the cutest post I have ever seen! Daisy likes ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ – well, I know she’s my kind of chicken. I am amazed that the cats just thought they were not to eat, and it looked like they tolerated each other well. Oh thank you for such a wonderful post-I know I will come back to it many times, just to smile…..

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  3. Kim-I just visited your photography blog-which I had not seen before. I assume you make a living at photography???? Totally totally awesome.

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    1. Oh my, now you have really made my day! Giggle – if only I could sell my photographs. I have sold a few, certainly not anywhere near making a living, though. Now, I just enjoy taking photos, every now and again, I think maybe I’ll try to sell them. I made note cards to sell with my photos. I can never seem to find people who actually want to pay for my work – LOL Thank you for making me smile. xo

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      1. No-you REALLY need to pursue this. Even your ‘everyday’ photos for your blog here are wonderful. But the photos on your photography blog are just AWESOME. Please think about it……

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  4. Those are wonderful images and amazing how the cats and dogs took the visitors in their home in their stride! Daisy and Winter have been so well looked after! It’s just as well Daisy can’t talk and tell the other hens about life inside! Wishing you a good new year. Sarah x

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    1. Hi Sarah – I think we are really quite fortunate that for the most part our furry, feathered family all get along. Those peacocks are another story! I’m sure Daisy is going to tell the other girls about colored TV, and recliners and carpet – LOL thanks for stopping by xo kim

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