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Just Talkin' To Chickens

Louise asks:

“I think my hen, Whitey, is dying. She’s not moving, and won’t let me pick her up. She also won’t go back into the coop with the others. It’s been over one week, and she looks like she’s in pain. Can you maybe send her healing energy to help her feel comfortable and secure? She’s my favorite hen!”

I happen to be quite fond of these sweet, intelligent, and benevolent creatures, and I was eager to talk to my first chicken. I started with a body scan, and felt a heaviness in Whitey’s lower abdomen. In my own body this would be the area of the ovaries. Did Whitey have an egg inside her that she couldn't push forward?

I asked Whitey if she was trying to lay an egg, and heard, “I already laid them.” Whitey told me she wasn't going to die. I had also felt a pain in Whitey’s left foot and thought maybe she had hurt herself. I felt an energetic blockage in her 4th and 2nd energy centers; the heart center and the sexual, or creative, center.

Whitey was depressed. She wanted to have chicks. Louise enticed Whitey with her favorite delights, but maternal yearnings left Whitey motionless and cranky. I didn’t know how to console Whitey, so I sent her healing energy, as Louise had asked, and flooded the hen’s frail body with light and love, and whatever else the universe had in mind.

That next morning Louise said Whitey hopped out of the nest and became her old self; foraging for bugs and seeds! The smallest of the three hens, she assumed her normal position as the boss again. It was wonderful to hear that Whitey turned around so quickly. Louise and I were both delighted to have learned something about hens. She had done some googling, and learned that Whitey may have gone “broody.” A brooding chicken, we learned, wants to have chicks. They will sit on their nesting box and won’t move for about twenty one days, sometimes longer, as long as it would take to hatch a fertile egg. I learned that most of a hen’s lifetime is preparing for reproduction and caring for her offspring. A hen’s reproduction cycle is two or three times a year, where they might lay 20-30 eggs within that year. In a natural environment a brooding hen will stop laying eggs, as Whitey had, until the eggs she has laid have hatched.

I couldn't help thinking of the billions of female birds in the factory farms whose basic needs and instincts are disregarded. Factory farmed hens never get to rest into their natural body rhythms. They’re routinely denied food for two-three weeks at a time, which thrusts their body into the egg laying cycle, and forces them to lay more than 275 eggs a year.