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  • Chickens poo several sorts of 'stuff' over the course of the day. Bowel transit time (time taken for poo to appear at the cloaca after eating )is  rapid in any case....just a few hours.  The brown and semi-liquid stuff is called caecal poo and is wh…
  • Marie....how could the 'Finger of Doom' forget? Sounds as though you have really been through the mill. Sorry to hear about partner's brother.....MND is an evil illness. I've had a fair number of surgeries and am currently 2 weeks on from my last 'b…
  • Could well be mycoplasma by the sound of things. As Kath says all birds will need to be treated.
  • I thought the same thing......I have Brahmas and Naked Necks.....the La Fleche hated the cold.Gosh, Kath, I didn't know you were still in the Carboniferous era up until recently. We have oil-fired heating as no piped gas. We've a log burner, too, wh…
  • I agree with Kath.....crop blockage would seem to be the most likely. A dropper with vegetable oil would also probably do the trick.....just a few drops and then gently rub the crop. Sandie
  • Thanks, Kath,Yes silage (dubious quality) now all ready, but lamb/ewe etc prices really dire this year.I haven't been able to get onto the site for about a week....some kind of smiley face and "Oops' came up whenever I tried to log in.My lot are mou…
  • Just answered this question on your other post,Freeranging. Thankfully, we agree, Kath! Healthy live chickens pose very little threat to humans (unless they are very stroppy cockerels!). The harmful bacteria live in the gut of some chickens (varies …
  • Humans don't get chicken tape worms.....so no need to worry. Sounds like the chickens need worming, though! (I use Flubenvet).
  • I'm hoping that we manage to get something off the fields, but we rely on a neighbour to cut it for us , and he is very busy at the moment. I had little marbles for potatoes this year, but have great beans and courgettes due mainly to watering them …
  • First hatch 5pullets and 4 cockerels (I think.....very late feathering gene on one of them means 17 weeks old and 90% fluff....but 4 cockerels and 4 pullets for sure) Second hatch.....still quite young, but look like 2 cockerels to me!Third hatch...…
  • Respiratory problems are quite common in chickens, and Baytril is a good treatment for acute respiratory infection. ACV is, at best, a 'tonic' and won't treat any acute infection. If your hen has had a similar illness before, then a phone call to hi…
  • This hot weather doesn't deter them from going broody, does it? I'm doing my best to dissuade 3 Brahma hens from their broodiness right now.  Don't be fooled by their cuddly look....pure raptor under that fluff. Fancy a nice big Brahma cockerel to s…
  • Sounds like you have integration, Kath.My 'big chicks' are now just under 3 months old and are thriving (not allowed out unless I'm around as they are still 'buzzards size'. Two smaller chicks (3-4 weeks old) still with mum and 2 broodies with a cou…
  • They deserved to, Kath!Today has been the first time I've had eggs from the coop for a while. It seems that the ravens only egg steal when they have chicks to feed.Any more chickens yet, Kath? (note the YET in the question) Sandie
  •  I'm sorry to hear what happened. Ravens will take  eggs, too. (They regularly go into my coop and steal the eggs if I'm not quick enough. They've even stolen the rubber eggs.......I hope that got serious indigestion)
  • Sorry to hear what has happened. I'm not seeing any pics. (but that's probably the fault of my computer).Could she have had an attack by a predator? Clean the area thoroughly and look for bite marks. She may need antibiotics if there are. Try hand f…
  • I'd agree with Kath. I'd discuss with your vet if they have a good knowledge of birds. Like Kath, I'd treat the whole flock. Good Luck, Sandie
  • Lovely to hear the news. Good Luck to you and Fred.
  • Sorry,Kath, It sounds as though there may have been a tumour there rather than just an injury. RIP SallySioux Sandie
  • Gender neutral? More like hermaphrodite, I'd say! Blue is more confused than any of us by the sound of things. Is this odd behaviour a feature of Silkies? Whatever, it's intriguing.  Are you going to let her/him/it hatch some babies? Sandie
  • Ingenious hammock, Helen. Let's all just keep our fingers crossed that, whatever the underlying pathology, she continues to recover, Sandie
  • Poor SallySioux. Hopefully she isn't in too much pain...though, if there's nerve damage, then hopefully the pain nerves aren't working either. She must be costing you a small fortune, Kath (or maybe not so much of a SMALL fortune) Sandie
  • My best vibes are on their way to you, Kath. Steroids always make the recipients feel better whatever the underlying pathology. Could the vet X-ray the leg? If there's an underlying tumour, then euthanasia would, regrettably, be the kindest thing.  …
  • I've never needed to do this (I've been lucky).If you have farm stores locally, then they usually sell needles, but failing that, your vet or the internet as Kath says. Beyond of a sterile needle and a clean receptacle for catching the fluid, that's…
  • What does bed rest for a chicken look like, Kath? I hope that she makes a speedy recovery....metacam is usually very good for general aches and pains. Broody Brenda is doing a brilliant job. She's breaking food and calling them, spreading herself ou…
  • Thanks Kath. The chick adoption was a breeze. One rubber egg, a stone and three bread crusts (which were what she was sitting on) were replaced with 10 chicks (by degrees). When a chick hatched and dried, i took first one down and placed it under he…
  • Sorry to hear about your duckling, and think that Kath has nailed it. The antibiotic treatment for mycoplasma (tetracyclines usually work) is not expensive. Some vets and on-line pharmacies (who will get a vet to ring you) will prescribe without see…
  • Helen.....hope you and your flock are well.   Spring...what Spring? It still feels like the depths of winter here....this seems to have been one of the coldest and most miserable that we have ever had to endure. Let's hope that things look up for ev…
  • I'm sorry, Kath. It's always such a shock when a seemingly healthy bird suddenly dies. Best not even to speculate as to what may have been wrong with her.You always take great care of your charges.It's very hard to handle.I haven't been on the forum…
  • Sorry to hear this, Kath. In anyone else's hands she probably wouldn't have survived beyond the prolapse. Sandie

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