Happiness is sweet chicken snuggles. The Puddin' Pies (all of the new arrivals have been renamed after our favorite pies and pudding flavors since the kids of their previous family weren't terribly interested in naming them all which resulted dubious monikers) were removed from quarentine and placed with our existing flock last night. The Peepertons (our original flock that are all named after spices) are behaving for the most part. While we utilized quarentine and soothing dried herbs to help keep the new pecking order brawls to a minimum, as the bottom of the pecking order in the new flock, the transition has been the most stressful on Butterscotch. Noticing that she was feeling unnerved and outnumbered, I spent some time giving her some extra love, attention, and encouragement. When she started to drift off to sleep in my arms, I gently placed her on the ground near a couple of her flockmates. She quickly joined them and began exhibiting normal activities (eating, scratching, and generally puttering around). Feeling more relaxed myself now that she had settled a bit, I reveled with gratitude that the soothing effect of chicken snuggles is a two way street.
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