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  1. i wouldn't shut the door as she'll make sure the chicks stay close but I would be more concerned about the roosting bars in the Go - are they removable? A chick could easily fall through otherwise so if you can, remove them, if you can fill the entire floor of the house up to the bars level so there isn't any way for a chick to get caught. the chicks may struggle with getting up and down from the Go initially so I'd put food and water in shallow dishes where they can easily reach for the first few days too. good luck!
  2. as hard as it is, it would have been worse if she got off them even further along or stamped on the chicks after hatching. I've had experience of one very poor orpington mum who just about barely raised her chicks and I've got another bad 'un at the moment who is doing a poor job of raising her hatched chicks and it's heart breaking!
  3. we've just hatched some of OH's welsummers (*yawn* give me TNNs any day) but while the broody was fab at sitting tight on the eggs she's been rubbish since they hatched to the extent that one's died already and we're having to help out. She still sat tight on the chicks even after hatching, which we didn't worry about initially, but 48 hours on and no signs of her moving and we got anxious about them eating and drinking. By the time we'd lifted her one wee one was fading and the others looked quite weak. We've had to lift her off them several times and dip their beaks in water and show them where food is but even this didn't stop one dying (probably of dehydration). We've then had to move her off them again and sprinkle chick crumb all around the pen and let her settle back on the chicks over the food so that they can eat. I've always supported hatching with broodies over incy because mum does all the hard work - well, someone call social services because she's just awful! (oh, and to make matters worse she keeps doing broody poos just about on their heads )
  4. I think getting the blockage out will be all she needs - i've got one who blocks up quite frequently and each time i've had to massage the lump of grassy-yuck up out of her beak and then she's been fine. I think we need to get the word out on the omlet forum, in a sticky perhaps, that what folk have been describing as 'sour crop' isn't sour crop but a blockage that needs treatment and unblocking like your vet did for you and I've had to do with my chooks - nystatin will not achieve that. The description of a fluid filled crop in the morning may indeed be sour crop - or not - but it is almost certainly caused by a blockage in the crop or possibly further down the digestive tract. If it's in the crop then it can sometimes be sorted out but only if the right approach is taken and quickly before too much weight is lost. I've lost several hens to blocked crops now and I'm determined not to lose another - that's why i've learned to do the more 'agressive' interventions myself. I'll contact a mod and ask for some updated info.
  5. We are struggling to get rid of these nasty little biters from my TNNs. We've been through the regular dosing bathing and redosing with Eprinex, thought we got rid of it all and have just found it back again... My lovely little cockerel, Vigo, is covered in them and while i was examining him they covered me too Back to square one with Eprinex and dog shampoo... luckily it seems to be only the TNNs but I'll do the brahmas too since Vigo fancies the fluffies. But all the others seem to be clear of it from what i can see, so they'll just get Eprinex'd rather than bathed too. I HATE HATE HATE NFM, worse than red mite by a million miles!
  6. Serious massage action on our 'croppy' girl last night and I managed to compress the blockage into a lump in her crop, syringed 30mls of olive oil into her then tipped her upside down and moved the mass up her throat to her mouth where i was able to pull it out. A mouse-sized mass of leaves, grass, feathers that had formed an effective block for all food to get through her crop. I know there was a risk of choking her and I was as careful as i could be, but when she was heading towards a slow death from starvation I felt it was the only thing to do. Luckily it's worked.... for now. This is the THIRD time I've had to do this same thing with this chicken: he first time it was a mass of grass - so no more free ranging; the second time almost all feathers - assumed that once they'd all finished moulting we'd be okay. She really is impossible - she's just asking to be kept locked up in a sterile eglu run!
  7. i bought avipro online too. I would suggest getting a large syringe and a dog sixed catheter to fit on the end of it and learning how to crop lavage. It saved a couple of mine and i'm doing it with another one now. You syringe a couple of 100 mls of avipro water into the crop, massage vigourously for 15 minutes or so and break up the blockage and 'vomit' her. Try this several times and it should shift the blockage. Failing that it will at least keep her hydrated, keep off sour crop and then allow you to syringe oil of some sort (our vet gave us liquid paraffin) straight into the crop. Massage the oil through the blockage and she may be able to poo it out. good luck!
  8. i had a grit eater too, she nearly killed herself with it... our pendulous crop is still causing us problems too... i'm going to reach the end of my tether soon!
  9. my vet is very happy to prescribe it for my chooks
  10. i know exactly what you mean by the 'break dancing' neck movement. It's not greediness, it's a blocked crop. I have a bantam brahma who has to be treated regularly, and I have had hens die of starvation as I didn't realise that the full crop wasn't a good sign!. A constantly full crop means food/water/nutrition isn't getting through. I would suggest you tip her up and massage the crop empty: you may see the blockage come out when you do this, or may not. I would then lavage the crop (tube down the throat into the crop, with a large-ish syringe attached) and I fill her up with avipro water, massage the crop, then tip her up and empty her out again. I've sometimes done this 3 or 4 times before I've shifted the blockage. I've had some success with manipulating the blockage up her throat and out of her mouth, and have managed to syringe liquid paraffin into her to and shift the blockage downwards too. I think the recurrence comes from the fact that her crop muscles have now been a bit damaged and i also believe she may have some malformity of the opening to the gizzard from the crop, which means she blocks with wheat and corn too. If you can't lavage then tip her up, empty her out, but her in a dog crate with nothing to eat but plenty to drink (avipro is brilliant but you could put some yoghurt in water too), leave her with just this for a good 24 hours - keep syringing to keep her fluids up and massage the crop regularly. Check her crop in the morning and see if there is any reduction in the size of the crop (a good sign) or not (bad). If she's still showing signs of blockage, try the liquid paraffin route. good luck!
  11. Today's my 50th birthday and my darling family got me a bee hive! it's a polystyrene Langstroth and I've got a smock and smoker and some pretty bee earrings to wear while i'm at it! OH has even lined up a beek mentor for me and I'm getting a swarm in April. I'm so excited!
  12. HENthusiastic has the most mad and tame Araucanas you can find! I've got some of her crosses and they lay green and turquoise eggs adn follow us round the garden.
  13. I do, actually, her name is Shelley Rogerson and she's the farm manager at Temple Newsam farm in Leeds, although she lives in Wheldrake, near York. She breeds, sells and shows LF TNNs at the farm and at home. Try phoning Temple Newsam and asking for the farm number.
  14. they're all just DE powder. These are useful preventatives and mild treatments but they won't get rid of the majority of beasties. If you have an infestation you'll need to zap them.
  15. I use Xeno 200 - the one for small furries or Eprinex - for cattle, on my chooks both work really well, although the Eprinex is the only thing that shifted Northern Fowl Mite.
  16. I've got bantam TNNs and they are really delightful! very friendly, inquisitive and not at all flighty birds. The LF are very hardy and good layers, they cope with extremes of temperature too - my banties chose to sleep outside all winter! We hatched a couple a got a couple and I would say it was about 8 weeks or so when we knew we'd hatched one of each. We hatched welsummers at the same time, which had the same amount of socialising and they still scream and run away whenever we're near them... the TNNs run up to us and follow us around the garden. The LF aren't terribly rare and you can usually find a good pair for about £30 or so, the bantams are harder to come by. I adore my naked necks!
  17. Hi Claire The Treasurer's House behind the Minster is owned by the National Trust and is the one which reportedly has Roman ghosts. Next to it is a lovely place called Gray's Court that does lunches and afternoon tea - beautiful building. From where you are staying on Heworth Green it's about a 15 minute walk into town via Monk Bar, both Gray's Court, Treasurer's House are near Monk Bar. My favourite thing to do in York (and I live here) is walk the walls - fab view of the place! You will be spoiled for choice for things to do!
  18. Pure breeds do take the winter off. I've got lots in the garden who aren't laying yet - be patient late February / early March are the months you'll see them laying.
  19. if she's had blood drawn it doesn't matter who started it as they will all join in if they see fresh blood. remove the hen pecked one asap so that the others don't cannibalise her. When she's better you can see about removing the bully - should you find out which one(s)
  20. As a Spurs fan, the FA better keep their hands off our Harry!
  21. OH and a group of his friends did it last year over a long weekend, they loved it! Started in Newcastle, the initial bits weren't fab but they loved it when they got to the country. they stayed centrally and drove to the bit they finished each night then one of the group - a fell runner - would run back to the car to pick it and the group up to bring them to their accommodation. I can also recommend the tea rooms at Birdoswald, run by English Heritage and a friend of mine and great tshirts at the end of the walk too! Go for it, Cathy!
  22. there's a type of myco that gets in the joints, I have had a few chooks get this and it makes them lame and limping. could it be this? Tylan to sort it, but it takes a while.
  23. I was given one of these by Hearing Dogs when I was socialising a pup: Pets at Home Dog Water Bottle with Dispenser: http://www.petsathome.com/shop/pets-at-home-dog-water-bottle-with-dispenser-43751?cm_mmc=Google%20Base-_-%20Products-_-%20Products%20-_-Products sorry, I can NEVER remember how to make the link shorter
  24. I got a showgirl at POL and we were all absolutely sure she was a girl...until she crowed. 'we've had to give her up, sadly. They can be hard to sex, but I do hope you've got a trio!
  25. this one drives me crazy! typically used in HR letters.... grrrrr!

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