Sadly, last week we lost one of our hens. No feathers, no body, nothing. Just gone. The back of the chicken coop was wide open - the chicken wire had been knocked down. Since then I've been letting them run loose. They're safer that way, I figure. But they've taken to sleeping and pooping all over the top of my hay stack, so I put them back in the coop today. Repaired it first, of course.
Joseph was very jumpy this afternoon. Didn't want to be caught at all, at first. When I got him out he was worried about what was going to happen. We did simple things. Things he could easily get right. I added one new thing - lateral movement from a circle. He was confused and stressed at first (and distracted - Liam was walking Bella) but when he got it and I told him "good boy" he marched up, dropped his head, put his face under my hand and completely relaxed. It was just what we both needed. We duplicated it a couple times on both sides and it was awesome. After that I fed him his supplement and put him back in the pasture.
But then I couldn't resist catching him again and getting a picture to share with you. A couple years back Katia and Bella won a nice black leather halter at the Spokane Mustang Days. Sadly, it didn't fit any of our big-headed beasties. But it does fit Joseph pretty well, and he looks extremely dashing in it.