This is Missy, one of our two Isa Brown chooks.
Last Monday we noticed that she wasn't interested in her food which is most unusual for her. She was looking lethargic and rather unhappy. Two of our other chooks died quite some time ago, becoming ill in a similar way, so I was most concerned that we were going to lose another of our gorgeous girls. Tuesday morning she was no better and in fact seemed worse.
Our chooks have a good diet of wheat, layer pellets, kitchen scraps, greens (weeds) from the garden etc. They have a large run to roam around in but it is looking quite bare these days from all their scratching. I decided to let both chooks free range in the entire back garden which is usually out of bounds unless they are closely supervised. My hope was that Missy would instinctively find something in the garden that would help her get better. After a couple of days of free ranging I am pleased to say that she seems to be improving, is eating, scratching happily and making contented chook noises. I'm holding my breath that she will be o.k.
Both Missy and Eagle had a good scratch around the roses and found all kinds of bugs, grubs and worms. Perhaps Missy needed a good protein meal or two. They seem quite inquisitive girls and came down to the deck at the back of our house numerous times looking in through the window and even pecking on the glass to let us know they were there. Very cute. Anyway, enough rambling on about my chooks.
Have a lovely weekend,