I'm very pleased to report that Maeve seems none the worse for wear after her exorcist moment. When I checked her crop the next morning, it was empty but slightly stretched. I fed her some sloppy pellet porridge for breakfast, which she devoured, and then kept an eye on her for the rest of the morning. When I saw her produce a particularly large poo, I knew that her crop must be emptying. With relief, I let her out with the others. She strutted from the coop, ruffled her feathers, and growled at me. Giving me the evil eye, she waltzed off in to the shrubbery. No doubt if she had fingers, she'd have been making some very interesting signs with them. Ungrateful cow. I've watched her closely, and she is back to her usual, narky self. Bless her.
I have advertised the peeps as free to a good home. Every day, I hope that the phone will ring and that the person on the end will have a burning need for a boy chicken to keep their girls company. Of course, this person will also live on a lovely smallholding, which will be a sort of chicken paradise. The chosen cockerel will live a long, disease free life, and email me weekly. As far fetched as this sounds, I have in fact found just such a home for the silkies.
Yes, the silkies are heading for pastures new. I have mixed feelings to be honest. I am glad that they are going to such a wonderful home, and also that I will still get to hear how they're doing from time to time. Yet I feel awful, crushing guilt about rehoming them at all. The thought of having to give up any of my other girls makes me feel slightly nauseaous, though, so I know that my own sense of failure should not stop me doing right by the fluffy ones. Hopefully their new owner will adore them the way that they deserve to be adored, rather than finding them vaguely baffling.
On a more positive note, I'd like to announce that I have today ordered two new pekin ladies. At least one will be frizzled. I'll have to wait a few weeks before my new girls will be ready, so I have time to find the peeps their new accomodation.
Wish me luck.