The gray has been acting strange lately. By strange I mean she’s spending a lot of time under the bird feeder by herself. It’s unusual for the hens not to stay together. Gray hen seems to be staying close to home, while the other two hens are pecking around the barn yard and in the front of the house.
Unusual behavior is the first sign that an animal may not be healthy. When a sheep wanders away from the flock or a hen changes her behavior, I start to pay close attention to them.
We’ll see what happens to the gray hen. One of the reasons we didn’t name the chickens is because I didn’t want to get too attached to them. Chickens die easily from illness and predators.
I’ve learned it’s better to put a suffering hen out of her misery rather than try to nurse them. I’ve never had a sick hen live long, no matter what I do for her.
So I’ll just keep a close eye on the gray hen. Maybe it’s just Spring Fever.