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  1. A couple of weeks ago I was on Chicken Clinic getting advice for a very poorly chuck. Good news is that Kochanski miraculously pulled through - but now she is being really mean to her 'sister' that we got at the same time (Aug 07) - (but is fine with the Aug 08 younger girl).


    Poor Ruby is being harrassed if she goes near Kochanski when she is eating. I suspect there is some pecking/feather pulling going on when they are in the Eglu. It looks as if her neck feathers are broken off. :(


    Both have stopped laying - but should only be around their 2nd birthday. Ruby has started to want to go and sit on the nesting box, but nothing emerges.


    Hmmm... :think:

  2. More spongy I would say. Hasn't moved all day.


    She doesn't lay proper eggs anyway - have had very few from her in a long time - just soft shelled ones.


    Other girl is having a lovely time out in garden now so she seems to be OK. Weird that they both got ill at same time though :?::?:

  3. All our hens are brown layers Daphne. They haven't been wormed recently so I gave them some last night. No rattle in breathing but laboured. Keeps closing eyes but they seem normal when open.


    Good news is that the not-quite-so poorly (ie still drinking water) hen that we left in the Eglu last night now seems to be fine. :)


    Bad news is that the one we kept in and have been giving water on a medicine spoon still looks terrible. I tried picking her up and putting her on the grass so she could see the others in the garden but she can't stand now as she is so fluid swollen. :(


    So i picked her up again to bring her back in and some watery (bit brown) fluid came out of her vent all over the patio.


    i am worried as I read somewhere else that you can end up filling their lungs with fluid if you help them drink ... :shock:


    Any thoughts?

  4. Thank you very much Redwing - am worried that they may not last long enough to pay the £20 for the treatment - it says allow up to 5 working days. Not sure what to do.


    One is now inside and looks very poorly. The other is outside with the healthy hen. Crushed some Novoclor antibiotic and put it in the outside water but the grains sank to the bottom! :?


    The lad who has been feeding them has not been doing anything different to our instructions and hadn't noticed any difference in them yesterday morning.


    The farmer I spoke to asked about droppings and I commented that the very poorly one had produced some white liquid poo when we picked her up this morning. :(

  5. we have returned from hols yesterday to find 2 out of 3 of our girls poorly. They are the older two that we have had since August 07.


    Neither has laid a proper egg for some time. One doesn't lay at all and the other mostly lays softies (the third hen is younger and lays daily).


    They are showing the usual signs - looking tired, not wanting to come out of run, disinterested in food.


    Where do you get wormer from? Could this be their issue?

  6. We have just spent the last hour trying to thread canes through and have ended up putting pieces of wood across the bottom half as she kept getting through. I have covered her half of the run entirely with the winter cover, summer cover and a towel so she feels cosy. She doesn't seem to want to go inthe box with straw.


    Ohwell, sure I will be up at the crack of dawn nervously checking it all out ... :boohoo:

  7. Hi - just brought home a new layer as one of ours has continually laid softies for weeks now - she seems Ok in herself but no good for our egg supply!


    I read in my book that you can spray all of them with a plant spray with water and a bit of vinegar in - so they all smell the same and are less likely to fight etc.


    Anyone got any experience of doing this? Thanks! :D

  8. Yes, they have always had mixed grit added to their pellets (although they don't seem terribly keen!)


    It's just weird that one has reliably layed from the day we got her last year.


    Limestone flour might be worth a try - so I should be able to get it from the places that sell Hemcore then?


    I wondered if it was to do with what they eat when they freerange around the back garden ...?

  9. Unfortunately, he is a bit of a fair weather dog - huge great thing but with very short hair, so he really feels the cold. He spends most of his life lying in front of a radiator or sun worshipping in the conservatory. Maybe he thinks he's a cat?!


    As an aside, I would highly recommend lurchers and greyhounds as family pets - they do not need lots of exercise - 20 minutes twice a day will wear them out nicely!


    I'll have a word with him about Mr Fox :wink:

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