"Why do you want to keep them out of the mud? I would think that the chickens would love to free range in the mud. That's when they find all the juicy bugs! As long as their coop and a small yard of some sort are available for them to dry their…"
"Good luck! Chickens can heal some miraculous injuries. If you can get rid of the maggots she might be able to recover from any injury she might have. Please keep us updated.
My BA(Black Australorp) is my favorite chicken. :)"
"I think it's OK to keep the chicks outside if they stay with their mother and they are protected from predators (in a coop).
Otherwise, you need to bring them in and brood them for about 6 weeks.
Backyardchickens.com has a great "learning center"…"
"Sorry, I'm pretty sure that's a rooster. Especially if the comb and wattles have been growing for awhile. At 4 1/2 months a pullet's comb might just be starting to turn red.
Also, those iridescent black tail feathers, the pointy red feathers near…"