At evening barn chores today we found that same pullet with her legs frozen the same again. It wasn’t even terribly cold today, it was up to 15 degrees and only went to -2 last night. That is nothing compared to what she has been through the last several days. And she was fine all day yesterday.
This is a very strange mystery.
All the other chickens are fine, including the ones that are her age and smaller than her. Maybe she has some sort of circulation problem with her legs.
We are not a keep-the-chicken-inside-during-cold-weather-because-she-is-special-needs kind of farm. She is not a pet. She is livestock. And livestock at our farm has to survive the weather reasonably.
We have warmed her up in warm water again, and cuddled her again (while desperately trying to not get attached to her despite the fact that she falls asleep cuddling with us – no small feat for our family).
If this keeps happening I am afraid this girl is not able to live at our farm in our conditions. Which means we will either sell her or butcher her. But all the people we sell to live in basically the same climate as us, maybe a little warmer, so she wouldn’t do well there either.
Sigh. Not fun to have this strange dilemma.