Homesteading keeps you on your toes especially when you have live animals you need to care for. This is particularly important when the temps hit triple digits (like it did a couple weeks ago).
High temps demand that you take special care of the homestead menagerie as it puts added stress on the animals. This week, we had to deal with one of our bantam hens (now 6 years old) who was having trouble laying (can develop into something serious if the egg doesn’t pass). We noticed that she was not running around with the others in the compound so we went over to inspect in order to determine what the problem was. She was trying to lay but was having a hard time of it. Not wanting to disturb her in this sensitive situation, we felt we’d give her some time; but, we kept a watchful eye, hoping that she wouldn’t need assistance.
Well, turns out it wasn’t an easy lay as she kept scrunching. After 10 minutes or so, we noticed she was prolapsing a bit. Guess the poor girl was stressed with the heat and needed some extra help. We couldn’t let her continue on with this uncomfortable ordeal. We went into the house and got some hot water and gently placed her in the water “chest high” making sure her backside and belly were both under the water, while lightly stroking her lower area in a downwards motion. It worked, and within about a minute, out popped the egg and she was off to join her mates scratching for worms.
Whew, what a blessing!