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  • Tapeworms from birds cannot be transferred to humans for two reasons: 1) Tapeworms are host specific. (We are more at risk from pig tapeworms, eg from under cooked pork).2) The tapeworm segments (or 'cysts') from your hens contain tapeworm eggs.  Th…
  • How did you get on with your flock?
  • That's the one Kath!  Couldn't think if the word orthopedics! I don't think it's wry neck, as it's hanging under, rather than stargazing.  Do species other than poultry get it? As it happens I've got 3 new exbats, on week 3.  Had a bit of a scare wi…
  • Could it be bird flu by any chance?
  • I think the hammock will work even better with two legs!  It was always used under supervision for Cleo, but she seemed to appreciate it.  She was a lovely docile hen. Good luck with SallySioux Kath.
  • I believe he/she is what is known these days as 'gender neutral'  ;) Other than that I can be of no assistance whatsoever  :-/
  • I had to trail through the old pics to find this one.  Looks like we just tied a fleece to a pole (with a hole cut in in for her leg).  Hope it helps!
  • This reminds me very much of our Cleo, although hers was a very different case. It's horrible when you see wounds like that.  Have you considered slapping honey on it and covering with a bandage?  Top it off with vetwrap, which is brilliant for hen'…
  • Sorry to hear this Kath.  It does seem very strange.  Are you sure it's not a break?  As Sandie said, an Xray would be the only way to tell.
  • Funny this thread should pop up again.  I've recently lost 'Ivy', who was an amazing candidate for draining.  She went through five drains taking it all in her stride, then started to go downhill.  Her post mortem showed that she was totally riddled…
  • Never a dull moment there eh Kath?
  • Betsy had an amazing life, with a fantastic owner Kath. You gave her your all. Bonnie - I know just what you mean; Spring time in general can be bad news, especially for ex commercial hens.  
  • Hi Sandie - Tango used to moult in the coldest weeks - don't know how she managed it, but  I think that's why she appreciated a cuddle so much!My Light Sussex finished moulting before Christmas and are laying.Ex bats these days don't ever seem to go…
  • You've got a fantastic memory Kath!  Tango was a Hamburgh - we took her in at pol when her owner had tired of the novelty of rearing chicks :(  I still miss those snuggles - especially at this time of year when she was usually moulting and would sit…
  • How old is your Wyandotte Kath?
  • My knowledge is more limited than Kaths regarding bantams, but I would be inclined to try pekins, mainly due to their docile nature.As I've already said - wyandottes proved themselves to be good escape artists, but they are sooooo pretty and full of…
  • You might also want to check out a bird scarer called the 'Peaceful Pyramid', which can be run on solar power. They are based in the UK.
  • In my experience of bantams, most breeds are pretty robust, and some breeds would appear to be more friendly, although there's always one who's different!  Pekins, for example, are usually friendly. However, the main reason they do not dig as much, …
  • Sounds like you were lucky there Sandie! Poor you - with bird flu restrictions yet again!  Fortunately we still just have 'prevention zone' measures (foot dipping etc). Hope you are feeding those ewes plenty of digestives Sandie! ~:> ~O)
  • It must be all those dunks in the shower :)) Fortunately they have a nice dry dust bath area too!
  • I think I'll pass on that idea - not keen on using a/bs unless absolutely neccessary!   Still clear at the moment thankfully! By the way - it's possible I may disappear now and then, since this site really doesn't like letting me on!
  • Moel is a good age Sandie.  Are there any sheep in there with her (eating digestives?). Re the mites; I've tried harkers, even tried the cattle ivomec which is more potent.  The vet suggested we try Frontline; again not effective, which is why I'm p…
  • Hi Sandy, Yes - I do indeed use DE on the hens, but I'm pretty sure that it's NFM I'm fighting, since it returns so fast.  I apply the DE the day after the shower, then check after a couple of days (OK), then after another couple of days(still OK), …
  • It's funny how things go isn't it?  I have been known to have 14 hens and only 5 laying, but at the moment I've been lucky and had 5 out of 6 until just recently.  Now it's dropped to 4 out of 6, still plenty of eggs!The Light Sussex do lay well, in…
  • Never a dull moment in your flock Kath :)) I have two Light Sussex, nearly three years old and four ex bats ( 2 rescued 2016, 2 in 2017). I seem to always have a 'mite magnet' in the flock, and it's always a pure breed.  When she moulted, none of t…
  • Ta Da! It is I, solarbats, returned from a long absence!   I too could not log on for ages, but by chance I was doing some research online and followed a link to this site, which then let me on! Nice to see Kath and Sandie still holding the fort, an…
  • I know Bonnie.  Unfortunately the man who used to be Admin has now left and it seems that no-one really bothers about it now.  So - my cunning plan is that I've deleted my tapeworm thread, which was a sticky with 34k views.  That will stop a few hit…
  • Yay!
  • Sorry I haven't been able to get back on the site to check you, so I hope that you've sorted it out by now. Otherwise, the dosage is 1 gramme of Tylan (usually comes as a yellow powder) to 1 litre of water, given to your flock for at least 7 - 10 da…
  • Hi Animal Guardian. This sounds very much like Mycoplasma ( a respiratory disease).  You need a specific antibiotic for this.  Here we use Tylan or similar but you will need to see your local farm vet for the correct meds where you live.  If you act…

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