We’ve moved Phoebe into separate dig. I chose to include Tuppence in with her, so she and Phoebe won’t miss each other. Of course, that does put Tups at risk if Phoebe has something contagious. Then again, all four birds have been together long enough that it’s probably too late. Might as well not let a single bird suffer alone without a sub-flock size, breed, and age mate. So one can see why I can’t imagine leaving Tuppence alone with the much larger Orpingtons. Chickens are very much social creatures but can also be quite exclusive. Before we lost Butch and Penny, Edie and Henny would always roost together in the henhouse, on separate perches from the other girls. Like I said: social and exclusive.
From the picture below, you can see Phoebe eating–which is definitely a good thing. Sadly, her wings are still droopy, and her breathing is still labored. Then again, it does look like she and her feathers are growing. Who knows? It seems as if all we can do is keep up Phoebe’s special diet and keep fingers crossed.