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  • 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
  • I've got R-com Pro about 10 years old . I set the temp and humidity on the digital display and change humidity manually at day 18 when the turning is switched off. The incubator then just maintains the humidity/temp at the pre-set values. I just top…
  • Helen....your chickens moult now? Mine moult in October/November/December. All now tidy (apart from Gordon who has extreme late feathering gene).With regards to the original post....if you are used to 'brown hybrids', Lenka Marie, then the pure brea…
  • No experience of bantams....for me the bigger, the better.
  • Farmers local to me use a sound system that produces a variety of noises, some of which sound like the cry of a hawk etc. They tell me it is effective.
  • We have about 6 inches of malodorous mud everywhere...mud + sheep 'output' smells appalling....a day here, Helen, and you wouldn't recognise the sight nor the smell of those lovely Light Sussex. Currently I have all the chickens (bird 'flu restricti…
  • Could 34-7 have something to do with that, Kath?
  • Hi, Helen,Never had a problem with DE, but it is a very fine dust. I don't apply it to the birds, just dust the coop very thickly. I use spot-on ivermectin (Harkers) behind the head, off licence, and designed for racing pigeons...There's a good arti…
  • Welcome home, Helen...still 'batty', then? (Referring to the ex-batt chickens, of course). Diatomaceous earth liberally applied to everything has solved my girls' mite problem for years now. Due to the advanced age of my girls, egg laying ceased mid…
  • Cripes, the Ghost of Christmases past.....Marie....how ARE you? Very few of us frequent the site these days, so your re-appearance is VERY welcome. 2017 was straight from Hell for me....too painful to expand. Chicken-wise....well I've hatched newbie…
  • Yep, Kath.....I'll have a Brahma explosion next year, all being well.(Gold na Blue Partridge)...always been very fond of them. The pullets are 25 weeks old now and are showing no signs of coming into lay.....waiting for the spring, probably. My old …
  • Thanks, Kath. Seems like you and I are the only regulars now. How's the little BLACK ONE?  Mine 6 hatchlings turned out to be 5 hens and 1 cockerel as predicted. The cockerel became aggressive....so he went... Of the 4 my daughter hatched, they were…
  • Mine wouldn't budge during recent heavy snow. I cleared a patch in front of their coop and took them out one by one. There I gave them warm porridge to eat, put grain and back into the coop and let them return after I'd cleaned out. Since the snow h…
  • Could she be calcium deficient? It might be worth making her porridge with milk and giving her some little bits of stale bread with enriched margarine (for vitamin D) or get some Calcium and vit D powder from your vets if you prefer. Good Luck, Sand…
  • SO sorry to hear this, Kath. How old was she ? (Getting on a bit, I think....) Sandie
  • Barndoorfc, sorry to hear about the loss of your rooster.  You are probably right. Chickens are social (flock/herd etc) animals and don't do well by themselves. I'm assuming that there are no other signs of disease? Though not officially recognised …
  • Hi,Peggy,Sorry to hear that you are having problems. I'm assuming that the vent itself is OK...i.e that she isn't prolapsed (vent prolapses usually are quite red and related to thin young hens who lay large eggs or fat old girls.)As she is laying, t…
  • They're doing well. The 6 are definitely 5 pullets and a cockerel.The smallest 2 (including the chick which had its eggshell broken during incubation) look like 2 little cockerels....actually not so little now....they are free ranging.The shed 3 is …

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