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  1. Thanks for all of that. So you mean slab underneath the run area and then cover with aubiose? Do you then just rake it out?
  2. Hi all, Stinker of a problemo and not sure what to do. Since the weather has turned, our free range area has been quite tricky to deal with. Its our first winter with them having this "Omlet fenced" area. The summer was lovely as i just raked up their poo and moved the fencing around now and again to avoid bare grass patches. However, now its either wet or snow covered I can't rake up the poo and its becoming unbearably stinky and resembles the 5th day of glastonbury festival!!!! We've even had to put down stepping stones to get to the eglu as the mud/poo is so slippy. Should I just resign myself to the fact that this is how it is for winter?!!? We also use woodchip in their run which i was raking, topping up or changing every month but this is now compacted because of the wet and stinks badly too. I've looked into getting aubiose but have no where to store it so have to use woodchip. Or can I just leave it as mud? It seems to end up that way anyhoo Only option seems to be to dig it all out every month which is tiresome and stinky as hell. Am happy to do this but wondered if there was another way? Help??? Jules x
  3. Just to let you all know that PeeWee is doing really well I took her to the vets a few days after the event happened as she started isolating and looked a bit peaky and they put her on antibiotics. She's eating well, laying every other day and the wound looks as though it's healing. Yay! Thanks again to all of you for your advice. Happy days Jules x x x
  4. Thanks all for your advice. Yesterday I bathed her wound with antiseptic Hibiscus solution from the vets. It was all yellowy and so deep and I thought I'd see what she was like today and if the same, take her to the vet (we have a vet hospital here open every day - yay!). So I went to check on her this morning and its amazing how different it looks. It's almost like its scabbed over?!? Its gone all burgundy in colour and is hard and no longer looks open. Does anyone know if this this sounds normal? It looks as though it is healing to me. I'm in St Anne's in Bristol so if there are any willing and experienced Omleteeeers near would be very grateful for a second opinion She seems happy enough, is eating well, interacting with the other girls and even laid yesterday! Keeping fingers crossed but am very optimistic about her progress Last thing - was thinking of putting a blanket over Eglu to help insulate in this weather as arn't they only tested up to minus 10 degrees? I think its been colder than that here at night. Thanks again for everyone's advice and kind words Jules x
  5. Was also thinking will she recover from this type of wound or is it best to put her straight out of her misery
  6. I've just noticed that one of my pepperpots PeeWee has a large open wound on the top of her thigh. It looks awful Reluctant to take her to vet which sounds awful but they are so expensive and will just poor drugs into her. Was wondering if there was a way to treat her myself with a hibiscus scrub and some sort of wadding or am i being ridiculous???? Lost my last chicken to the vet in the summer due to impacted crop and they charged me a fortune Jules x
  7. Wowsers! sounds like you've done all you can! I shall see what happens with baited breath! Thanks Jules x
  8. I didn't notice any mites although don't know what I'm looking for really. Would they be around the same area? I cleaned the eglu out yesterday and didnt notice any either...
  9. Hi everyone, I posted something a few days ago about my chook's bum but haven't really had much response. Can you pls help?!? My gingernut has lost quite a few feathers around her bottom and there's a naked bit that seems to be growing slowly by the day! Poor lil chook.She's still laying fine and seems ok but I can't help wondering if there's anything I should do? Pls could you advise? Many many thanks Jules x
  10. Ha ha! Well thank you for making me laugh about it! I'll keep an eye on her and maybe start knitting her a bum-cosy just in case!!!! Cheers
  11. Hello everyone I've noticed this morning that my lovely gingernut Fudge has a naked bottom!! Could anyone offer some advice on what this is about and whether I need to do anything? I vaguely recall someone telling me thay moult in winter is this true? It's our first year with them as "grown ups" as we got our girls last Autumn. Thanks! Jules PeeWeeFluff Nancy Fudge Peaches RIP
  12. Very sadly decided to have Peach put to sleep today at the vet's She was very skinny and very sad so I think it was the best decision. Thanks to all of you who kindly offered advice in the last few weeks and allowed me to help her in every way I could while she was with us. Love to all and your chickens Jules x x x RIP Peach
  13. Thanks. Have not let her have any breakfast this morning and will get her some maggots for elevensies How often should I give her maggots? I've been giving half a pint to all four of them to share. Is that ok? J x
  14. Thanks for your reply. Gave Peach some maggots yesterday and....the hard lump has turned squishy!!! However, she has since stuffed her face this morning and this evening and has been a bit low again and the crop is big but squishy. perhaps I should try maggots again tmorrow and restrict how much food she is eating while carrying on with the liquid paraffin or olive oil? They normally have the grub there all day so maybe i could just give them a bowl morning and evening. Any thoughts gratefully received? nancy is brooding quietly in the cage and is perched on the rim of her incredibly large makeshift food bowl! J x
  15. I've put Nancy in a metal dog cage today to try and break her broodyness. Will she be ok in it in the rain?? There is a plastic roof to it and i've popped a towel over one side to give her extra shelter. Think it's going to rain and storm later Worried she'll be scared.....
  16. nancy is now in the dog cage -- aaaagh! She's eating and drinking which is great. Not sitting down at all - is this the point of it? How will I know when it's time to take her out of the cage and return her to normality? Jules x x x
  17. Oh how funny! Sounds like a chicken pinata!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll put the dog cage on bricks methinks. remembered my friend has one - yaaay - so have managed to borrow it. The universe is obviously aspiring to help me at last! On the crop front, a famished Peach had some maggots this morning and has eaten this evening. She's very perky but still not laying and the hardness inside the crop isn't shifting The vet, who wants around £200 to chop it open and empty it, said to take her back on Thurs for a check up but i think not. She's not improving and I cant afford sirgery so am waiting for a chicken breeder to come back to me with further advice. My neighbour has also found lots of reports on forums about doing their own crop surgery. URK! Anyone heard of this????? Thanks so much for all your help guys and gals. you've cheered me up with your comments today and I feel like Broody Nancy has hope and that the clock is no longer ticking for Peach Poorly Crop - there must be another way. She's far too happy and unpoorly the last few days! Night night J x x x x
  18. where can i get a dog crate from? pets at home? or should i make a makeshift cage? will she get cold in the night without the others?? feeling really helpless today, its been a right day and peach isn't getting any better with her crop
  19. Well, Nancy has been broody now for a week and I'm finding it very tough. I've had advice from Omlet saying cold water baths and advice from the vet saying warm water baths. Very confusing. So I rang a local chicken breeder who said she'd never heard such nonsense and to put them in water is ridiculous!!! What she said was to put her in a large box with bunched up wire mesh to make it uncomfortable for her to sit down. Give her food and water and wait for her to give up. *sigh* As I've got 3 other girls who need to get on the nest (she steps on their heads if they're trying to get in to lay!) i've locked nancy out of the run today to free range with food and water and shelter from the rain. She seems to be eating which is great and is walking about lots. Any further words of advice in case this is totally the wrong thing to do?!?? Just figured it may be easier than building a box and also will keep an eye out in case she starts nest building. No signs yet......... i think this all started as she couldn't get in to lay peach has an impacted crop (which is wahy i was at the vets and asked about broody nancy at the same time). I was isolating peach in the run and nancy freaked out when she couldn't get in and has been broody since. I feel really awful about them both at the moment as the prognosis for peach doesn't look good She's on liquid paraffin 3 times a day with massage at the moment. So fingers crossed that will get whatever is stuck out as there is no way we can afford xrays and surgery Am very sad but trying to stay positive Jules x p.s. thanks to all who advised on peach's crop condition over the last week Peach Fudge PeeWeeFluff Nancy
  20. Well, thanks so much for all your help so far! On Monday, the crop had reduced in size by 50%! I was so pleased! But it was still quite large so I isolated Peach again to stop her from feeding but gave her some apple puree, free ranged the others with the pellets for a bit. Then I let her out and gave them all some maggots. Also massaged her again and have her oil. She laid - hoorah! - and was really perky so I put her back on her food on Tues. She hasn't laid since and has starting isolating herself again. Seems to be a neverending cycle Can it be broken??? She has had a swollen crop since the spring but it wasn't really bad until last week. I've only ever tried maggots to clear it before which worked. She only ever laid ever few days since we had her and i thought this was normal but i'm guessing now its not?!? Now we haven't had any eggs since Tues from her Also we have another problem. A broody chicken!!!! When I isolated Peach in the run on Monday, Nancy couldn't get in the nest to lay. When my lovely man realised I'd forgotten to let Peach out when the others had stopped eating their brekkie, Nancy rushed in, got on the nest and hasn't left it since! She laid Tues night in the run and got very upset about it as we'd shut the door to keep her off the nest to try and stop it. We keep taking her off the nest, i've put flowerpots in there but she kicks them out, she's even sat on a house brick. Nothing stops her. I really don't know what to do and can't imagine putting her in a bucket of water which is what it says in the Omlet literature. So now I've got 2 girls not laying, one with a dodgy crop and a broody one. Feeling helpless!!!!! help!?!?!?!? Jules x
  21. Thanks for that. I'll try it tomorrow fingers crssed. J x
  22. Hello everyone, Am very sad to say that my lovely gingernut Peach's impacted crop has got worse and worse She's been on and off all the time we've had her (since Nov 08) but I wasn't sure what it was until a couple of months ago. I tried maggots at the beginning of the summer when she stopped her regular laying which worked but this week she's been very bad with it. I came back from our hols to find her crop was huge and she was isolating from the other girls I called Omlet on Monday to ask advice and they suggested olive oil, massage and no food for 24 hrs which seemed to perk her up lots and she even laid the next day (clever girl!) but by Weds she was huge again. I repeated the olive oil Weds morning and eve but didn't restrict her food as wasn't sure about doing it again and yesterday she was even bigger. Today the crop seems to be so heavy that it's almost weighing her down. poor love she's hardly even come out of the house and when she does, she goes into hiding. I've also noticed that her neck feathers seem a bit scrawny and there is no downy fluff there. I can see her skin around her neck when I part the feathers. I noticed this on Weds I'm going to restrict her food again in the morning (praying she'll be ok tonight) and try olive oil and massage again but is there anything else i can do? I've also looked at all the impacted crop advice on these forums and noticed the yoghurt idea which i could try? Haven''t taken her to the vet yet as we really can't afford to I feel very sad Any other suggestions receveid gratefully. Jules x Peaches Geldorrrf PeeWeeFluff Nancy Fudge TigerPopsicle the Magical Dog of Love
  23. Hi everyone Our girls escaped their netting last night and had a bit of a jolly in the garden before we found them (clever chickens!) and we're a bit worried that they might have eaten slug pellets that had been put around the new plants Am guessing we should discard today's eggs just in case but has anyone had this problem before? And does anyone know about the eco wool slug pellets as would like to try them but seem to only get them on the internet. Thanks for any advice Jules x x x
  24. thanks all. will try it for the rest of the week and cross my fingers! J x x x

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