These are two (saved from a rooster) hens
Fuffy thinks it’s cold outside 🙂
I’ve had them for over a year now and just last week they decided it was safe to go outside.
The tall one with the long flowing comb was in the worst shape. He rode her to completely featherless with a bloody comb, and deep scratches on her back.
I have just the two of them. Their feathers are back now and they feel safe enough to go outside. For months I would leave the door open so they could go wander around; they preferred the hen house and the chicken run.
I think they were terrified there was a rooster outside waiting for them.
Then suddenly, Skitter (the tall one) went outside.
She still gets frightened easily so I only open the door for three hours in the late afternoon.
Still, we are making progress.
They feel safe, I get two eggs a day (most days) and they have the run of the hen house, the chicken run, and now wee, small adventures outdoors.
No farm is complete without a hen or two. 🙂
Your friend on a western Colorado farm,