This month’s “Cool Coop” is home to the beloved hen, Lucy. ♥
Lucy, who suffers from the aftereffects of Marek’s Disease, is cared for by author and artist, Lauren Scheuer. I’ve followed Lauren’s blog, Scratch and Peck, for years. The stories, photos and wonderful artwork of her endearing backyard chickens are such a treat to read. As chicken keepers, we know that there is nothing more fun that watching the entertaining antics of a chicken, but even if you don’t have your own flock – Lauren’s humorous tales of each hen’s unique personality will have you smiling! Continue reading as Lauren shares Lucy’s Special Needs Coop:
Five years ago, Lucy contracted Marek’s disease. Her feet, legs and stamina were permanently affected. But Lucy is a survivor. Today, Lucy is a wise old hen and a treasured friend. Her feet are twisted, her legs are stiff, but her life is good. In her Special Needs coop, Lucy manages to get where she wants to go — and she gets all the respect she deserves from her young flock mates.
but of course everyone wants to sleep next to Lucy.
I do believe Lucy approves.
– Lauren Scheuer
Thank-you Lauren for sharing the construction and layout of your special needs coop. I am sure that your set-up will be helpful to others who have had to make adaptions to their coop because of a hen with disabilities. And – it’s nice to know that a chicken can live life to its fullest despite a few obstacles… The stories of Lucy’s trials and triumphs are an inspiration to all of us that life may not be easy, but it can be enjoyable. It’s good to know that Lucy’s got a great chicken keeper looking after her – and comfortable and accessible coop!
You can read Lucy’s epic tale in Lauren’s illustrated memoir, Once Upon a Flock: Life with my Soulful Chickens – available wherever books are sold…
Click on the link below for previous entries in the “Cool Coops!” series…
Do you have a “Cool Coop” you’d like to share? Email me at: RNickols@communitychickens.com