Bubblegum meets Ruth
It was a beautiful sunny day, when I went out to check on Bubblegum. She was just about done with her training, but still had a couple of things to learn. I had been working on taming her for 2 weeks. She was about 3 weeks old at this point and eventually became my tamest, sweetest, stranger-friendly bird. Anyway, back to the story. I walked up to her training pen and made an assessment of her behavior. She was excited to see me, naturally, since I always tried to remember to bring her worms. She started pacing the front of the cage. I opened the door to her cage and reached for her water bowl. As I was reached for it, Bubblegum made a quick dash through the door. I swirled around and ran after her, calling her name repeatedly. She ran to my aviary door, where I kept all my other chickens. Ruth, my light Brahma hen, who had already adopted a 3 week old Americana, saw bubblegum and immediately ran over to her, Ruth, than started doing her mother hen call. Bubblegum rushed toward her and started peeping. When I saw how they reacted when they saw each other, I decided to try letting Bubblegum stay in the pen with Ruth and the other chickens. Bubblegum still hadn’t fully healed from being crushed by a cage, so I wasn’t sure if the other hens would pick on her. Often times, when you put a injured bird with a flock of birds, the injured bird gets picked on and heals very slow- if at all. So it was a risk, but I decided I would pull her out if she looked like she was being picked on. So, I opened the door and let her run through. She ran straight to Ruth. They both continued calling untill they reached each other. They then immediately started comforting each other with soft peeps. My rooster stared at her, then began to approach her. As he began walking towards her, Ruth charged him and ran straight back to Bubblegum. It was incredible! It was as if Ruth thought she had hatched this 3 week old chick. The point of this story is that Ruth was smart enough to recognize that this THREE WEEK OLD chick had no mother. And Ruth decided the very minute she saw her, that she was going to foster this chicken.
I'm 13 years old. I have 2 sisters and 2 brothers. I live on a 43 acre farm in NE Texas where we are raising rabbits, chickens, sheep, pigs and horses. I have 1 pet rabbit, 9 pet chickens, 2 pet dogs, 1 pet quail, 1 pet horse and 3 pet cats. i sell pet button quail for $5 per bird. thanks for reading! hope you have a great day!