Frankie finally scratched off the last of her egg-membrane bandage, so she’s lost the last of her mother’s glued-in feathers, and she’s looking a lot balder. For two days after the bandage came off, her head was red and swollen, but it’s already looking a whole lot better. She was never bothered by it – acted like a happy, healthy chick even though her scalp had a rosy cauliflower look to it.
Here she is with Johnny, playing on the old bench in the garden. The two are very fond of each other, and when Johnny’s mom showed up, neither mom nor chick seemed interested in one another. A few more weeks, maybe a month, and these two will be able to return to the flock.
Meanwhile, they spend nights in the kitchen, and days in their little chick tractor. It’s just a large cage, about 6′ long and only a foot or so wide, with an open bottom so they can scratch and take dust baths.
And a couple times a day, I take them outside and let them hang out near the flock. They’re shy, and usually hide up on the seat here while the adults forage beneath them. The big chickens haven’t been at all aggressive, so I expect in time the kids will just sort of fall in with the rest.
And as Frankie grows, the bald spot will appear smaller and smaller. I’ll have to keep an eye on her. She might need sunscreen. 🙂
This video was shot with a new camera, and it’s in HD. So the quality is better, but it’s a MUCH larger file. Let me know if it’s tough to watch. I can always go back to the fuzzy camera.