My old girl, Henny (almost 8 year old Black Australorp) is slowly losing status on the totem pole. She’s not top bird anymore — Nutty has taken over that position. So lately Henny and my 6 year old Wyandotte Pansy have been hashing it out as only chickens can.
Also, Henny has adopted my seven guineas as her babies. Where they go, she goes; if they make noise, she’s gotta make sure things are A.O.K. Interestingly, the guineas seem to have completely accepted her as mom and protect her.
This arrangement doesn’t play out so well though, as I discovered today.
Pansy’s been challenging Henny’s authority a lot today and they got into a good number of squabbles, which caused the guineas to gang up on the old Wyandotte. Twice I had to go outside and break it up. The second time I found that the guineas and/or Henny had torn out a bunch of Pansy’s feathers… and that definitely does not bode well, especially since a dear friend of mine went through a similar scenario in which her guineas severely picked one of her young cockerels and completely scalped his back end.
The one good thing is Pansy and a couple other lawn ornaments have a special appointment soon… So she’s going to live in the barn until then. Plus she went and got bumblefoot in BOTH feet, so it’s just as well, since she has a bit of trouble walking.
Ah well. It’s hard to decide which bird should be pitied most… Henny, because she is being demoted from her rank as general, or Pansy, because the guineas are ganging up on her and she’s got bumblefoot.
I could pity them both, I suppose…