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  1. An update on Chedworth and his scaly legs! The Nettex treatment not yet arrived but have continued the Vaseline every day for him and every other day for the rest of the flock. Just given his legs a wash with baby shampoo and most of the scaly bits have now fallen off and his legs clear underneath. Will apply the Nettex to them all when it arrives but no obvious signs on the others. Thanks for your advice 🐓
  2. Thanks, he has only been separated since Saturday so think will be fine. He is very good natured! Will order the treatments now and continue with the Vaseline until they arrive. (will also update my list of hens as flock expanded since I was last on the forum!!)
  3. Thanks for your speedy response. Some lumps of scales have fallen off! when I’ve been applying the Vaseline, obviously softened already. Do you think it’s okay to put him back in with his girls? Have kept chickens in an Eglu for many years now and the first time I have had problem. Where do they pick the mites up from?
  4. Hello, not been on for awhile but first place I thought of when discovering my beautiful frizzle cockerel Chedworth has scaly leg mite. . Had noticed he was hobbling a bit but couldn’t find anything wrong but took him to the vets at the weekend. She was not a chicken expert and has said she will get hold of of some drugs from a chicken specialist but I have treated him for four days with Vaseline and already a huge improvement. Just wanted to ask, have seen that using surgical spirit in conjunction with Vaseline works well, how many days of each do you do? Have treated all my hens with Vaseline too, only one with slightly pink legs so think others okay. What is the best product for disinfecting my Eglu cube and Eglu classic please? The vet also told me to keep him in solitary confinement which he is not happy about and I feel he would be fine back in with his girls. What does anybody advise? She did say she had only examined a chicken once or twice in the past, so although she was very helpful, I think members of the forum are much more knowledgeable when it comes to chicken health!
  5. No luck yet with our squirrel trap baited with a chicken drumstick (sorry girls !) and an egg,may try sardines tonight. Was talking to a vet today who said if we catch it we do need to kill it as really is a nasty pest and wouldn't want to drive it miles only to pass the problem on to someone else. Will keep you posted.
  6. Thanks, could be worth a try,old remedies are often very effective. I am considering a visit to local farm supply shop tomorrow to buy a trap,though not sure what we do with the stoat if we caught it!
  7. Thanks but as we are in a rural area with no near neighbours I think it probably is a wild stoat. We do see them running across the road occasionally but never thought about possible danger to the girls until I saw it so close to them earlier. There was also a dead pigeon in garden which totally disappeared minutes before stoat was spotted....? Coincidence or not?
  8. Help there is a stoat hanging around the garden near my girls. Found an egg outside the run too and they are all acting quite strange. Have shut them in the run but are they safe,could it get through the bars and obviously cannot keep them shut in every day. Any advice,especially on how to catch a stoat!!
  9. Thanks,I will pass all your advice on.The last I heard Darling was up and about but not too keen on eating,but that was yesterday and no news today so fingers crossed all is well. Came home tonight to find a broody Maggie.......lasted 7 weeks last time despite me trying to intervene!!! Wish me luck!
  10. A friend has just told me that the fox has killed one of her chickens,did get another one but dog scared the fox off.Any ideas on how to treat very small bantam (called Darling) which is in shock and possibly injured but not anything obvious. Have looked on forum and seen some suggestions of arnica and rescue remedy. How much do you give? Hope you can help,the two little girls who own the chickens are very,very sad.
  11. She has been out and about again today(between the hail showers) and I have seen her eating too. I really dont know what to expect each day and as ther seems to be nothing I can actually do I will just have to wait and see what happens. Thanks for your support everyone.
  12. Hi,after seeming to be on the road to recovery all week Lavinia has now gone downhill.She is drinking but hasnt eaten much after being really hungry for the last few days.Other girls quite unsettled now and not wanting to be out much without her . She will come out but just stands in one place with her eyes closed.Still yellow,sadly I feel she may not have long left,perhaps it is her liver after all.
  13. Poor you,hope you & your daughter & your other girls are not feeling too sad.
  14. Thanks for asking...she is very well and seems quite hungry! Nearly finished antibiotics which she hasnt enjoyed but easy enough to administer now. I think she may possibly be regaining a bit of red colouring on parts of her face and am wondering if it is actually going to be connected to laying and she may start again soon ( but I wont be able to eat the eggs for a while because of Baytril !! ) I keep saying " Do you think Lavinia is less yellow today?" Even brought her inside for thorough examination under a light last night which she seemed to enjoy!! Will keep you posted.

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