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All Knowing Superchicken

All Knowing Superchicken (4/19)



  1. Don't get me started! The NHS are excellent at broken bones, emergency surgery, intensive care etc. For emergency stuff the NHS is first class and have saved my life a couple of times. The problem is, it's just not set up to deal with or diagnose a lot of things. If you turn up to your GP with 5 intolerable symptoms, they will pick 1 and send you to a specialist. There is no mechanism to join up the dots and find the common cause for all 5. This results in taking different medication to treat each symptom, then more medication to counteract the side effects and the vicious circle continues - and the cause is still not known. This is such an expensive way of dealing with chronic conditions, I'm not surprised they have to cut costs
  2. Mullethunter, I can sympathise having had a battle with my GP in the early stages and then a long waiting list for a Rheumatologist. I would really push for a referral to a specialist now as waiting lists are often long. I wouldn't take too much notice of the blood tests either. They seem quite erratic from the ones I've had. I've been hobbling in with really swollen joints and the tests came back as low inflamation. The worst test result I got was on a really good day! If joints are swollen and hurt, there is something wrong! Have you looked at the new research going on into gut microbes and the link with chronic diseases? It is interesting stuff.
  3. I am totally sure it is diet that causes inflammation. It might sound crazy to begin with, but I had very aggressive auto immune arthritis which started when I was 40. It affected my ankles, knees, wrists, fingers, elbows, neck and jaw. The pain was immense and life was impossible, especially living on my own trying to get normal stuff done. I tried all manner of aggressive drugs from my Rheumatologist, all made me vomit all day and made my symptoms worse! Figured this was not the magic solution and then tried to sift through the info out there to separate fiction and madness from fact (be warned, there is a lot of nonsense). It's a very long story that I won't bore everyone with, but after months of diet elimination and experimentation the transformation has been amazing. I'm cycling, playing tennis, can climb up ladders and all sorts of things that I thought would never be possible again. And no drugs! It's very complicated and there is no magic diet that works for everyone. It is definitely worth eating lots of fruit and veg, bio live yogurt and minimising processed foods. Home made cakes and desserts are fine. Have a look at the ingredients in packaged food - it can be alarming compared to home made versions! Avoid antibiotics unless essential. There are a few great science based books out there on the subject if anyone wants to know more. 'Missing microbes' by Martin Blaser & '10% Human' by Alanna Collen are a couple of good ones. Pain and inflammation shouldn't be considered 'normal' as we get older.....it really isn't. Sorry to witter on but it might help someone!!!
  4. I think you are right to take her to the vets sounds like she will probably need antibiotics. I hope she gets better soon
  5. I don't know much about it , but it's an imbalance of gut bacteria - too much of the wrong sort! I think this is a common problem with chickens. Here's a link with some info and how to treat bacterial diarrhoea. http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/health-and-common-diseases/diarrhoea/index.aspx#diarrhoea_in_backyard_poultry This info is bias to their own products, but I have found biostop to be very effective. I've not tried Beryl's bacteria, I give mine actimel instead! I've been on antibiotics for months so i already have a fridge full of it. It works anyway!
  6. Sure she's not sneaked out to the pub? I Think I've suffered a very simular wobble some Saturday nights I havent got any useful suggestions, but It does look like a balance problem It doesn't look like the classic Mareks symptoms to me........limping, paralysis and curled feet are more usual first symptoms. She does look otherwise happy and healthy
  7. The wet wood shavings do suggest some watery poo. That could also explain the weight loss, why she is not laying and a nutritional deficiency Try and get a look at what her fresh poo looks like in the day. Link here to a brilliant but rather graphic guide to what is normal / abnormal and why (not good viewing If you're eating your tea ) http://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=17568.0
  8. It might be a feather eating problem. It's a problem I had with one of my hens earlier this year and it took me a while to figure out what was going on. She then started pulling feathers from the other hens too. Once they start it's a habit that seems impossible to stop. I put a bumpa bit on Molly and it worked and all feathers returned I'm thinking that if it was lice, your other hen would certainly have them too. Is she definitely pulling out her own feathers, or could the other hen be the culprit? ?
  9. Have you tried using Biostop? I've found it really good for firming up poo I used it for a week, then followed that with a small amount of actimel in mash for a few days. Worked for a couple of my hens that had runny poo for a while. Info on Biostop http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/shop/view/index.aspx/product/biostop-100ml-102
  10. Is it really only my hens that struggle with bumpa bits???? They have had nearly a week to get used to them and they absolutely definitely can't eat stuff off the ground. Can't understand why if other hens don't find it a problem. Feel really mean On a positive note, no more feathers have gone missing in the last week!
  11. I'm thinking that the missing feathers might be connected to the thin egg shells. She might be eating her own feathers, in which case it could indicate a dietary deficiency or not absorbing something as suggested. I have a hen with a bald bottom and underneath - it took me ages to figure out that she was doing this herself
  12. Omlet hens usually lay for at least 3 years, but not always - one of mine was still laying at over 4 years old the other stopped a year earlier. It might just be that they have been molting, but if there are still no eggs when they have all their feathers back it might well be something else. Have they been wormed with Flubenvet recently?? Worms can really have an effect on egg laying including soft or thin shelled eggs. Also, are they eating enough of the layers pellets? If they are free ranging a lot it could be that they are eating much tastier things, but not getting enough of the right stuff to produce eggs. As AlisonH said check their house for mites (usually have pale combs also) and have a good look at their feathers for lice etc. If you have already done these, I'm stuck for ideas! Good luck, hope you have some eggs on the way soon
  13. Hmmmm, that's a good point - they have been on mash recently to keep their beaks busy! Think I will switch back to pellets tomorrow, might be easier for them Good luck with your hens, fingers crossed for you
  14. Yes, I understand how the bumpa bit works to stop pecking - just the eating I'm concerned about. Guess my hens are just a bit dim then if others don't find any difficulty with them. Have to hope they will figure it out in the next few days.
  15. Thanks Beantree. Yes, definitely fitted properly. They were done by Cotswold Chickens yesterday. As the bumpa bit is longer than their beak, I'm not sure how they can get their beak to the ground to pick anything up?? I'm planning to downgrade to a beak bit in a few weeks, but just want to make sure they are having an ok time with these before that happens.

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