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  1. They are Black Copper Marans (mother) and Cream Legbar (dad). Merry when she was born was the bigger one and that stayed the same until week 2 when Pippin then had a massive growth spurt (but Merry was also ill). Pippin's legs are huge (almost as chunky as the adult hens) and Merry's are very dainty (at least half the width of Pippin's). They will be large fowl (my other four are too, so they'll be roughly all the same size) Pippin squirms terribly if you try to hold him and sends out alarm calls (but happy to sit on my shoulder strangely). Merry will happily be carried. They have been handled the same amount (which is a few times a day) since they were born.
  2. Hi, can anyone offer their opinions on my two chicks here (still only 3.5weeks but differences started showing up week 1). Certain I have a boy and a girl here but be interested to hear what others think too. thanks photos1-3 Pippin photos 4-6 Merry
  3. Update- finally after having the whole chicken family (which includes 2 large fowl mothers) in my utility room for 5 days (this was utterly disgusting as I am sure you could imagine!) so I could keep her warm and dry, hourly poo pick and disinfections and tempt her continuously with food or water, Merry seems to have decided to hold on in there and has gone out with the family all day today to hunt for bugs and enjoy the free range life. She’s still slow but her feathers aren’t dragging, her head is held a little higher and she seems happy. Thank you to everyone for their advice, well wishes, ideas and motivation. You’re an amazing community xxx
  4. From the above to this: the skinny one with the giraffe neck, turned into the one bottom left in the corner! Massive 70g+ jumbo eggs everyday.
  5. We started off with 3 rescues in Feb and then a few days later added two more pure breeds (mainly because we wanted more chickens and the rescues were so poorly feathered that I didn't feel they could be kept warm enough in Feb temperatures so chose two fully feathered ones to snuggle up with. I agree with the above - the rescued ones are very dominant in my group. I personally love their characters, and have had lovely eggs from them. One of mine did suddenly die for no apparent reason after 5 months (even laid an egg that morning) and with no signs of sickness or lethargy. I have young children and they will squat and be picked up and actually sit across their laps and be stroked. I have found having them very rewarding. They sunbathe together, dig and genuinely enjoy each other's company and their freedom. It's a lovely thing to give a second chance to them if you can and makes you feel proud when they fight their way to the top of the pecking order when they have had so little opportunities to actually be a chicken.
  6. Still hunched with feathers dropping but a good appetite this morning and competing with her brother for meal worms! Thank god for that! Fingers crossed now .
  7. UPDATE - this evening we appear to have turned a corner. Merry ate some tuna (thank you Dogmother!) mixed with a little greek yogurt on a foil plate and ate a fair bit. Then this evening, for the first time in days she went after the meal worms I offered and ate quite a few. Her crop has felt empty for days and this evening, was slightly firmer. I think we may be on the mend!
  8. Here she is today. Not looking much better. Dogmother- I don’t have sardines but have tuna or crab paste (will either do or is sardines the best for her?)
  9. Thank you. I will try that. I let them out late yesterday afternoon with the mums who were so happy to be out. She plodded after them slowly (often left behind) and whenever the mums found a bug and called she would speed up but get there too slow. So this morning I took them out again but this time caught and crushed bugs up for her and she ate 3 earwigs and 5 woodlouse but very slowly (I was glad I killed them first poor things!). She then reluctantly had a small amount of wet crumbs with Greek yogurt and water mixed. She is still very droopy winged, hunched and it looks like she breathing more heavily than the other chick. Going to try the sardines now.x
  10. Can't find exactly what I had read now on a chick reviver article. But this is generally what I seem to keep reading: It is believed by some dairy feeding chicken farmers that dairy products which don’t contain milk sugars, like yogurt or cottage cheese, are fine to give your chickens. Interestingly, yogurt does contain milk sugars when first produced, but the live organisms present in the stuff consume the milk sugars by the time it’s ready to be eaten! Also as an interesting aside there was a study which found that chickens only consumed a minimal amount of dairy products of their own accord when allowed free reign to eat as much as they liked (and had to be force fed to increase their lactose intake). Guess they know what they need and don't. Whatever the case, she ate so little that I expect it won't make any difference to her overall outcome.
  11. oh no, I had read this mixed with water and her chick crumbs was good for a chick failing to eat. I hope I've not made it worse now.
  12. Merry seems a little better than this morning. She is still hunched and mostly sleeping but did eat some egg yolk and greek yogurt this evening so hoping she may show some improvement tomorrow.
  13. Luckily she is alright at taking water. If I place her buy it she sometimes has around 3-4 sips then when she is finished if I tilt her head down towards the water she will have another 2 sips. So I am doing that every hour and half at the moment. Not eating but did manage to get her to have about 3 sips of egg yolk (again by putting her beak in - feels like it is more of a reflex than an actual decision by her to eat it). She won't eat any meal worms crushed, or wet crumbs at all. I was going to try some watermelon as I give that to the adults on hot days but I am worried that she may not drink as much of the medicated water if she feels hydrated by that. Will see how it goes. I think the other chick now has some flecks of blood in his poo (which I'm guessing is very likely) but luckily he is still eating loads, drinking plenty of the medicated water and very active. I've treated the whole flock and cleaned out absolutely everything and disinfected.
  14. Whilst she peeled up slightly at the sight of my foraging collection, she only pecked at one fly and let it drop from her beak. She then pecked at a tiny spider but didn’t eat it
  15. Well Merry is still alive but no real improvement from yesterday (though it does say 24hrs are required to see an improvement). She is still choosing to sit under mum most of the time but will drink a little when I take her out and place her near the water. She hasn’t eaten anything in 24hours(yesterday morning she had a little egg white and yolk but refused meal worms)- today she refused egg yolk as well. Im thinking I might try and look for some dead flies in our conservatory or the odd dead spider and offer those as the chicks think it’s a real treat. she is still hunched, walking very slowly if she has to and basically falling asleep all over the place. Come on Coxoid!

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