Meet Daphne-Easter Egger

Leg Band # - 77
I absolutely love beautiful eggs.  So having some Easter Eggers is only natural.  Some day I would love to have a true Ameracauna or even a blue Olive Egger for their beautiful eggs, but for now I love my Easter Eggers.

Daphne is of course named after the famous red head Scooby Doo character.  She is distinguishable by her red head but dark body.  And can I tell you that Daphne has so far been the one that has me worried and keeps me up at night hoping she is ok.  Just a couple days after the pullets arrived I noticed that Daphne was a little "droopy" and her left eye was watery.  I decided to offer a flat dish of water with quik chik in the coop.  I changed to only the Brite Tap waterer a few days after the pullets arrived and wondered if she was getting enough water from that waterer.  She seemed to drink up and perk right up.  A few days later she seemed to be closing her eye more.  At this point I don't know if she got pecked a little during the shipping, but I am keeping a very close eye on her.  In this picture you can see that her eye is a little red and maybe a little puffy. You can tell by her tattered tail that she was likely really picked on by the pullet that she was shipped with.  She is starting to get some pin feathers so I am looking forward to seeing her all feathered out again.

Daphne is very shy and is usually as far away from me as she can possibly get when I visit the coop and run.  I hope this changes in the future.  I think she is likely just still mad at me for catching her to get a good look at her eye.

Be sure to check back for future updates on Daphne and check the other pages for updates on our other girls.

September 12th, 2013 - Daphne arrived at Hummingbird Hollow Hen House.  She was ordered from Murray McMurray Hatchery as a started pullet.  She was between 15 and 20 weeks old when she arrived.

September 14th, 2013 - Daphne seemed a little droopy.  Added a second watering bowl with quik chik.  She quickly perked up.
September 23rd, 2013 - Daphne's left eye is watery again.  Added a water dish outside in the run.  Also added a small amount of Apple Cider Vinegar to all waterers.
September 29th, 2013 - Daphne gets to be the first patient in the "sick bay" after her eye has continued to look sore.  She was not at all pleased to be separated from the flock and I worried that the stress would be bad for her so I let her out after only a few hours.  Hopefully she got a little antibiotic.  She seems to be fine other than the eye looking sore.  She is very active and always runs to treats.  Keeping my fingers crossed that she will be ok.
October 3rd, 2013 - Daphne spent the night in "sick bay" last night with antibiotic in her water.  The VetRX I have been using in her eye doesn't seem to be helping much.  I have also been giving her Poultry Drench each evening.  Last night I gave her a little of the antibiotic water from a syringe into her mouth before her night in sick bay.  This morning I let her out with the rest of the flock and her eye looks a bit better.  I think we will continue the overnights in the sick bay tonight and tomorrow night.
October 4th, 2013 - Daphne spent her last night in "sick bay" with antibiotic.
October 8th, 2013 - Daphne seems to be completely better from her "eye" issues.  I am so relieved!
January 8th, 2014 - Spotted Daphne in the #1 nest box with one of the Orpington girls.  And later found an Orpington egg and Daphne's beautiful egg.  So exciting to have another confirmed layer.  Daphne has truly become a striking big girl.  Her coloring is amazing and she has such big bright eyes.  Such a great thing after her rough start.

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