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  1. We had a mild day recently and took a peek in our WBC hive to see how they are doing (we have a glass crown board), and they all seemed to be fine and have survived the very cold December! I was just wondering when we should start to think about feeding them. I know it is when the weather starts to pick up temperature wise, but just wondering what other people have done in the past and how early they have fed them. Thanks
  2. I've washed a couple of mine in the past in the kitchen sink. Both of them were very quiet and seemed to quite like the warm (not hot), shallow water. It make a big difference. Then I dried them off with a towel and blew them dry with the hair dryer on the low setting. They loved this and were quite happy to stand still whilst the hair dryer was waved all round their nether regions!! They looked very lovely afterwards and when I put them back in their run, I swear I caught the other chooks looking at them with envy for their newly fluffed up feathers!! Good luck!!
  3. Thanks for this reccommendation - I've justordered some!
  4. Well done for all your efforts and congratulations on your new addition! Can't wait to see the photos!
  5. I had to take my cat to the vet anyway on Saturday, so asked her openion on my chook Doris whilst I was there. She suggested an inner ear infection (which is interesting as that is what my cat had! ), and gave me some Baytril to give to Doris. After 3 days, this morning Doris is so much better and running in the normal direction! Phew!! What a worry these chooks are, but love 'em! Thanks for your replies.
  6. Doris was the last out of the cube this morning and when I gave them their morning treats (small bowl of rice from last night's supper!), she couldn't go near it as she was stumbling sideways. I managed to pick her up and she felt very light. Her eyes seem quite sucken and not as bright. She did a poo which was very watery. However she was eating and drinking with no problem. She could stand and walk around, but just seemed to be a bit dizzy. Never seen this before in my chooks - any ideas?
  7. Surfnirvana

    Sour crop

    Hi there I noticed that my Doris had Sour Crop when I let them out on Friday morning. Very hunched over, large squishy crop and very quiet. I tipped her gently forward, and a whole lot of revolting, brown liquid came out. I only did it for a few seconds, let her rest and then did it again. But it was all too much for her. I think she fainted! She went all limp in my lap and I thought she had died!! However, I lifted her head a little and she came round. I put her back in her cage and left her quietly. I had to go out and was convinced she would be dead when I got back later that evening! But no! She was back to being a normal Doris chicken!! Fiesty, greedy and stronger than the other two - I was so delighted! I have been giving her probiotic yoghurt with a crushed garlic in it - which seems to be staving it off. No treats for the moment apart from that and some bokashi bran. I hope your chook is starting to feel better, but definately use the yoghurt and garlic - I believe it is an anti fungal treatment which can help sour crop. Good luck!
  8. My lovely little Louie - GIngernut Ranger- has passed away. I found her "asleep" in the cube this morning. She was at least 2 and a half years old. She had stopped laying about a year ago and I thought we might have lost her in April when she had sour crop, followed by impacted crop, then peritonitis. After a sleepover at the vets (which they loved having her as she was so well behaved)she pulled through and enjoyed the whole of the Summer. She started to go down hill 2 days ago. I gave her some antibiotics, but she didn't want to eat or drink and stayed in the cube. I had a lovely long cuddle with her yesterday afternoon, and was still hopeful she may pull through again. Sadly not this time. The other 3 chooks seem ok, but I will keep a very beady eye on them. Sleep well my little one, we will really miss you.
  9. For the past 4 months, I have been leaving their cube door open at night as it has been quite warm and dry here, over the Summer. They take themselves off to bed about 7.45 pm and I close their cube run then. The run & Cube is surrounded by an electric fence so feel it is reasonably safe. In the mornings, I go down with some treats for them at around 6.45 and they are always up and very eager to see me! This is the first Summer I have done this. The last two years we have always closed their door except for when it had been exceptionally hot. I must admit it has been quite handy knowing they have access to food and water when they want and I can have a bit of a lie in at the weekends! However, I think as the nights are starting to cool off, I will start to close their door again at night. I'm sure they will be mightily cheesed off for the first few nights, but will soon get used to it again - bless them.
  10. I have to share this with you as both my OH and I just couldn't stop giggling at the weekend. All the chooks were out and free ranging - we went into the garden to have a stroll round and to see what they were up to. They were all in my flower bed having a dustbath. When they saw us, they jumped out and ran over to see if we had any food. All of them that is, except for Betty, who rather than run as normal, did a sort of crouching "Max Wall" type of quick walk over to us . At first we thought she was injured, but when she reached us she straightened up and was fine! I picked her up and had a quick check over, but nothing obvious. However, we watched her for the next half an hour (boy they are such time wasters aren't they?), and she kept on doing this funny walk It was a strange crouching, tummy low to the grass, walking along as normal. It really did look most peculiar and Monty Python would have been proud of her! Unfortunately we didn't get any photos as we were too mesmorised! We've had them for 2 and a half years now and they are still making us laugh - bless 'em
  11. Yes, I clipped my chooks wings. It is quite easy and although it feels rather odd using the scissors to cut the feathers, once you've done one bird the next one is a lot easier. I cut the long feathers back to the second set if that makes any sense. They have touched the fence when it has been on and got a bit of a crack - a loud bok bokking ensued! - but after they've done it once, they know to keep clear from it. Sounds a bit harsh I suppose, but it does seem to work and of course the main reason we got it electrified was to keep the fox out rather than the chooks in! We keep it on all day and night, so if a fox comes round at night time they will get a crack and hopefully not attempt it again (well that's the plan and seems to have worked for the last 2.5 years!) Generally if we are in the house, we will open up their Cube run and they can go in their electric fenced in area. However, if we are at work or out, we will keep them in their Cube run with the fence round and on. Hope this helps! x
  12. My Louie had a sour crop.She is over 2 years old and has now stopped laying. She had lost some weight, and althought going down to peck at things, she wasn't actually eating anything. It looked like she was hungry, but couldn't face swallowing anything. Her crop felt large and squishy, and after a few days, she really wasn't getting any better. I gently tipped her upside down and a whole load of yucky smelly liquid came out. I allowed her time to breath again, so I didn't hold her upside down for long. Louie looked a bit surprised and had to have a bit of a sit down afterwards. However about 30 minutes later she had really picked up and ate some weetabix in probiotic yoghurt - she was starving! If you do do this - do watch her for a few days afterwards. My Louie then went on to develop impacted crop and she then had to have a visit to the vets for and injection and antibiotics. However, she is back to her normal self now. Hope this helps and hope all is well with your friends chook.
  13. Yes, mine is wired up to a battery, which does seem to work.
  14. Thank you for that. She does seem to be slightly better this morning. Still a little unsteady, but she isn't falling on her side or front anymore. I'll continue to monitor - if it gets worse I'll give my vets a ring. Thanks again
  15. We have had a pair of mallards visit our garden for the last four years. They have become quiet friendly and come running to receive some chicken food when I feed my chokes in the. Morning and afternoon. However, I noticed this evening that Camilla (the female) was really wobbly, kept on sitting down, falling over etc. I can't get too close, but there didn't seem anything obvious. Both legs seem to be affected. No swelling or discolouration etc. Charles (the male) sits near her looking concerned. Can anyone shed any light on this - I would really appreciate some advice. Thanks very much.
  16. Oh that's interesting. No she doesn't eat the straw, that was only for her bedding at the vets, so she could be comfy and I didn't want them to use hay. They have a bit in their nesting box with Aubiose, but I've never seen them eat any yet, but perhaps I will remove it just in case..... Thanks for the tip!
  17. Hi there, Just wanted to share my experiences with you as we have now come out the other side of a 3 week treatment session and all seems to be OK! My lovely Louie, was a very poorly chicken about 3 weeks ago. She was all hunched over, tail down, wanting to eat, but each time she went to peck at anything she stopped. She was getting thinner & thinner. I was trying to tempt her with sweetcorn, mealworms, and in the end was so worried about her not drinking or eating, I was syringing water down her beak with a touch of honey. On the Sunday morning I picked her up and noticed her crop was really full and squishy. I thought it might be sour crop, so I gently tipped her upside down, and much to her shock and mine, a whole load of brown, ghastly smelling liquid came out. After massaging her crop a little I gently turned her head down a second time and some more came out. After about 20 minutes resting , she seemed to perk up a little and she was almost a normal chicken that afternoon, scratching around with the others and I gave her bio yoghurt. However, she started going downhill again a few days later. No squishy crop but a hard one this time. So I syringed olive oil and water down her again. This time I decided to take her to the vets. Jason the vet was brilliant - her temperature was right off the thermometer and he diagnosed impacted crop. Her treatment plan - Baytril antibiotics syringed once a day for a week and an injection into her chest muscle once a day. As we were due to go away for a weekend (and couldn't ask my friend who was staying over to do all this for Louie), Louie had a sleepover at the vets for 3 nights, complete with overnight bag of grapes, food, & straw (only £5 per night - so worth it). We collected her on Monday this week and she was fine going back with the other three chooks. Louie is a changed chicken - eating like mad and putting weight on everyday. So pleased at her improvement. The vet said that sour crop is a fungal or bacterial infection and can be picked up from wild birds. It is quite common for it then to move onto impacted crop and quick medical treatment can really help.
  18. Hiya! It is really good & informative for any chicken loon! My OH ordered it off of Amazon, came the next day! Enjoy! X
  19. My lovely OH surprised me with a great gift for Easter (instead of a Chocolate Egg as I'm on a diet), and it is absolutely brilliant!! It is the Haynes Chicken Manual!!. Instead of cars, it looks like they've got into Chickens!! Only recently published, it is a complete step by step guide to keeping chickens. Beautifully illustrated, with chapters on "Getting Started", choosing a breed etc" then "Essential Information" ie daily care, feeding predators, housing etc", "Specialist information" including the anatomy, breeding etc, "Health Problems" and finally Cooking guidelines, dispatching, plucking & dressing! I've been keeping chickens for 2 years, but found this really useful. It would be perfect for newbie chicken keepers as well as old hands! I think he got it off of Amazon, unless Omlet are stocking it already?! I promise I don't work for Haynes or Amazon, I just wanted to share the info with fellow Omleteers as I have really enjoyed reading it. xx
  20. Welcome! Mine only touched it once or twice - with a lot of comotion, then they just stay clear of it. We've had the chooks and the fencing for 2 years now and it's been the best thing to keep Mr Fox out. I keep our fence on all the time - even at night, so that if Mr Fox does come near, he'll get a sharp crack and get the message! No fox tracks near it when it snowed, so would definately reccommend it to anyone who has chooks. Good luck!
  21. Ooooh how frustrating! I know how I was like when my chooks first arrived. I don't think I've ever been so excited - even on my wedding day!! ha ha. The wait will be worth it - hold on in there, it is just a few more weeks, and the weather will be lovely for them in May when you collect them - perfect for them to feel the grass under their feet. Good luck
  22. Well, I hope your Mabel continues to improve. They are such a worry aren't they, but worth every moment!

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