Chicken Problems

How is it that BIRDS that ROOST manage to kill/hurt themselves trying to roost???  I was out checking on the birds and collecting eggs late in the afternoon and I heard flapping in a bush.  I started thinking it is a bit early for a bird to be trying to roost.  I go over to where I hear the noise and find a bird hanging by a toe from a fork in a branch.  I’m not sure how long she had been hanging there, but I’m guessing at least 12 hours if not a day or more.  I got her loose and held her so she could drink.  It didn’t appear she could move this leg, I’m hoping since now she is no longer hanging from it maybe she will be able to use it again.  Obviously she has a broken toe, so we will she if she is able to recover.  About two years ago I had another bird get her neck caught in a fork in a bush and it killed her.


After letting her drink her fill I put her under a log so she would be somewhat protected.  I should build a quarantine/recovery area for when birds have problems, but that’s just one more project.

Author: Jerry Ward

Working on creating a 10 acre urban homestead in S.E. Michigan. To pay the bills I work as a product manager/business analyst in the IT field. Now the admin of Save Our Skills