August’s Hot Chick of The Month

And the winner is…..Eloida! 

The votes are in early! Spread the news! Eloida Boca is our August’s  “Hot Chick of the Month”!  

Eloida is an Ameraucana hen and lays lovely medium sized blue and green eggs.  This rumpless, tufted beauty is a sweet, docile, and affectionate gal who enjoys sitting in your lap and snuggling in your arms.  Standing at 10″ tall and weighing in at about 5 lbs  she is not “oven worthy” in most farmer’s eyes.  In her spare time you can find this 1 and 1/2 year old feathered fowl roaming in the  pasture, hunting and scratching for bugs, and taking cool dust baths under a breezy tree.  

This little lady is a true survivor and has had more than one bought with a near death situation.  While in the pasture, not too long ago, a neighbor bird dog pounced her and left her for nearly dead.  We noticed she was missing later that day and went in search for her. Not too long passed before our neighbor  informed us his dog had generously left a chicken on his doorstep for dinner.  Farmer Rob was ready to put her out of her misery, but I saw a glimmer of hope in her eye (he’s always been the pessimist, and I the optimist–opposites truly attract).  I  went straight to YouTube and the internet for help…now, now, come on…you know y’all self diagnose all the time.  Lo and behold, come to find out there were dozens of optimists out there trying to save a half dead chickens just like myself!  I felt hopeful as I gathered up all my “surgical” supplies and prepared a  warm bath for Eloida. With sterilized sewing needle and thread, I went to work taking deep breaths with every stitch. This would be my first time performing “poultry surgery” and I was terrified. After more than 20 stitches throughout her body, some antibiotics, and a dab of homemade healing salve from our farm she was put in a hamster cage with lots of cushy pine shavings, kept in our home, and hand fed food and water with electrolytes.  She could not stand, and could barely open her eyes, but three days would pass and she would begin to drink on her own, and a week later would attempt to hop on one leg.  With continuous round the clock care and lots of love and attention, Eloida bounced back stronger than ever. She even began laying eggs before she could walk. I suppose it was a little gift of gratitude.

 Eloida is now back home with all her sisters, pecking and foraging and using both legs like a pro. Even farmer Rob was happy she recovered (even though the thought of pot pie was still lingering on his taste buds).

 

Eloida truly became a part of our family in her one month stay with us.  She comes to our back door everyday, pecks on our window and says hello.  We feel she knows we kept her from becoming dinner and it’s her way of saying, “thank you.”  If she only knew how much joy she gives us…and some great eggs to boot! If you ever get a carton of our farm fresh eggs and you’re lucky enough to have a green or blue one, you can eat it with a big grin and know a special lady laid it just for you 🙂

 

Stay tuned for September’s Hot Chick of the Month and as always,

Keep it Real & Keep it Local Y’all !

The Texas Chick

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Me & the hubby “Farmer Rob”

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