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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

Coal Creek Farm on Facebook

The Chicken Doctor

April

The Architect

Clay

Rockstar and Gimpy TLA

Rockstar and Gimpy

This is our Polish Crested rooster, Rockstar and his little Americauna girlfriend, Gimpy. They were excommunicated from the rest of the flock that lives in the coop. Gimpy survived a serious butt kicking that left her near death, half her back was missing thanks to her fellow carnivorous chickens. She was at the very bottom of the pecking order. I’m not sure anyone was above her, she was the favorite to peck. I found her hiding in a dark corner of the coop behind the roost, not moving. I scooped her up and put her in isolation in the barn.  I was certain she was going to die, just any second now, that chicken will die…why isn’t she dead?  Everyday I would think, “Should I put her out of her misery?” But, she was eating and drinking and hobbling about, with half her back meat missing.  It was so gross, I could hardly stand to look at her. Who wants chicken for dinner tonight?  Who wants the back piece?  Yummy! Anyway, day after day I would give her another reprieve and after a couple months her back finally healed, but she had a wicked limp.  She continued to live outside the coop on her own, I would feed and water her and I gave her free reign of the farm.  Preacher,our farm dog, never bothered her, in fact he protected her from all the other wild critters that could have easily snatched her.  Sometimes I would see her resting by our barn cats in the barn.  She eventually started laying eggs again.  I would find a pretty green egg in the hay bales where she made a nest.

Then one day I noticed Rockstar had been roughed up by our big rooster a bit too much, so I let him out of the coop for a break. Rockstar is missing at least two toes.  At one point he was totally bald because that tuft on top of his head is irresistible to some of the hens. He’s a total wimp of a rooster, but I’ve always liked him. He walks a bit funny because of the missing toes, sometimes it looks like he’s marching.  When Rockstar saw Gimpy, it was true love.  They go everywhere together, when I let some of the other chickens out Rockstar and Gimpy stay even closer.  They are a flock of two and they like it that way.

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