Featherless Jo

Jojo

Jojo is my Sizzle bantam hen, she’s just over a year old, a good layer, friendly, and ugly a nudist.  At about six months old she lost her feathers and has been near naked ever since. I checked her for parasites and found nothing. Assuming the other hens were picking on her I removed her from the flock and fixed her a place in the barn where she could recover.

There are two other free roaming old hens out there as well. After six months they finally accepted Jojo’s rather disturbing appearance and have graciously allowed her to nest with them. Thank goodness for that, it’s getting chilly at night, certainly too chilly for naked Jojo to roost alone. All three of these hens have their own reasons for where they live… we call it the South coop. The designated special needs/retirement home for old or weirdo birds.

North coop is where my best hens live, they are usually an established flock of peaceful and productive layers. However, that isn’t quite the case lately. My current flock was hatched in 2010 and their egg production has significantly dropped. This is expected, and even more so during the cooler months, but some haven’t layed for months. November is usually when I bring new chicks to the farm, but I chose not to the last two seasons. I didn’t want the hassle of introducing new birds to an existing flock and then watching the chicken yard become a pecking order war zone.

This is when keeping chickens as layers only can be a problem, we don’t eat our birds, we build them retirement homes instead. I still have until February to fill the brooder if I change my mind on baby chicks. South coop is already occupied, North coop too… but I think West coop has a nice ring to it, don’t you?

amy elizabeth, TBN Ranch

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amy elizabeth, writer, author. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm. Raises laying hens.
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8 Responses to Featherless Jo

  1. I’ve nominated you for the Inspiring Blog Award! Congratulations and thank you for inspiring me=)

    http://cozycrookedcottage.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/i-was-nominated-for-an-oscar/

  2. bulldogsturf says:

    West coop sure sounds good, but according to the above comment, my next statement that you can still have an East coop is now gone out the window as it would appear as though it would enter the kitchen, and that you don’t want…

  3. Ingrid says:

    Poor Jojo…..naked with winter approaching. I’m happily settled at Cave Creek Reg Pk and ready for coffee and Charming Charlies. email me at livelaughrv@hotmail.com and let me know what works 🙂

  4. We have a teeny number of laying hens and wouldn’t dream of eating those that have stopped laying. The West Wing sounds a great idea!

  5. It does since your East crop would end up in your kitchen after all!

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