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  1. Hi and thanks for the replies Dont know how to post pics on here sorry but after much searching I have found what I believe to be my birds They are Old English Game Bantams apparently miniture 1/4 size of usual Old English Game. I have one fertile egg under a Sussex bantam surrogate and due around today-hoping its not a little boy. I love these little birds they are so lively and nosy and friendly and you could get a dozen in an egloo. If i could find a breeder I'd have a few more but they seem to be hard to come by. I bought mine at a lcal agricultural show and the seller had them locked
  2. I recently bought two little hens at a local agricultural show. They were advertised as game birds but i'm really not sure what type. They are not much bigger than pidgeons and although look a little like Old English Game are far too small. They are stocky like Indian Game but are still too small. As they had been running with a cockerill we have several of their eggs under one of my Sussex Bantams who's broody and one is definately fertile. Anyone have any ideas as to the breed-if I can upload a photo I will.
  3. My 8 month Sussex Bantam Hilda has just started crowing since being confined to a cage after having a bad wet bottom. I caught her straining and she had prolapsed her vent. We attended to that and she then laid a blood stained egg and passed a little more blood. Since then and no further eggs she has started this feeble crowing only in the moring when I put the lights on. I let her out with her feathered friends and she initally started cock-like fighting with one then it all settled and she is back at bottom of the pecking order and behaving normally but no sign of any eggs. I still bring he
  4. Hi there Just an update on my two girls. Vet advised to give them porridge and rice to get them to eat. I brought my two new hens in to eat with them and this encouraged the eating, them having to fight for their food. Betty is now eating and the bright yellow poos she produced are now white with green but Annie now has bright yellow poos and really laboured breathing. Got both of them on Denagard antiobiotic and Annie on Metacam again together with nutri-drops for the diahorrea but I really fear for her as her breathing is terrible. If you listed to her lungs through a stethascope all y
  5. Hi There Thanks for the reply. Apart from a little Brown Rice I am giving them layers mash with a little rabbit critical care formula mixed in with garlic powder. I also have some poultry nutri-drops that I am giving Betty. They really seem uninterested in the mash dry but are reasonably happy with it when mixed with warm water. I'm beginning to wonder if the problem is not just one but a mixture of many things. Today her poo's seemed a little better but not a lot. The signs make no sense to me. The only thing I havent done is worm them since February. I'm wondering if this might be p
  6. Hi there My two ex-broiler breeders are both behaving oddly. Both stopped laying back in September, had a massive moult and feathered up beautifully. Neither have come back into lay but occasionally I'd get a "mini egg" looking thing and a few lashes. I wormed Annie and Betty two months ago with no sign worms. Now for last 4 weeks both have gone off mash and will only eat corn, sunflower seeds and anything such as rice, cous cous, spaghetti I feed them. They wont eat any greens either. Betty started getting a dirty bottom and I cleaned her up several times. Now resorted to clipping off h
  7. Annie and Betty my ex-broiler breeder barn hens stopped laying within days of each other about a month ago and started to moult. I'd say they are 2 years old and wonder how long they go off lay for? Amber my 3 year old ex-batt continues to lay small eggs nearly every day even though she has also gne through a moult. Madchick
  8. I've only just read your thread and was going to reply with some advise but alas too late. I'm so sorry to hear about Doris passing. It does sound like she may have had Peritonitis but it may also have been liver failure. They tender to get really green runny poo, lose weight and dont eat. Liver failure makes them feel really sick so they dont want to eat. They often feel very thin in the breast but feel weighty to lift-due to a build up of fluid. I know this info wont help your little girl now but I hope its useful info for future reference. I know how you feel as I lost my Sapphire 2
  9. Hi there Our vet told us to spray the feathers with warm water to clean her up which does work but if its an ongoing problem then trim the feathers away and get yourself some F10 gel (not from vets as its dear) but on an online vet drugs website. It helps stop flystrike on pooey bottoms and wounds. Costs £5-£6. I keep some in my first aid kit. You could also try Beryl's Friendly Bacteria that sorts out any gut problems and keep the hen contained and on a plain diet without greens. I may be something she has eaten. She may also need worming. This can cause a dirty bottom. Putting a football
  10. Hi All Not seen any sign of the bead but the Betty the chicken is fine so lets hope things go on as they are. Thinking about it the chickens eat grit which is pretty lumpy but it never comes out lumpy in their poo. Happy but Madchick
  11. Hi Everyone One of my really nosey but stupid hens has pinched a large bead off a top I was wearing when I was checking a healing wound on her. She just grabbed and swollowed before I had a chance to grab it. Its plastic, flat and about the size of a piece of sweetcorn. Will it pass through her or is it likely to cause problem? I cannot believe how stupid these birds can be. I've seen my birds eat full grown slow worms but they do get digested but a bit of plastic may be different? Any advise gratefully received cheers Madchick
  12. Hi All My Betty ended up looking like speedqueens hen bitten in same place on opposite side. About size of a golf ball and 10mm deep-you can see her thigh bone moving-uugh! Took her straight to the vets and they gave me antibiotics, saline to flush it with and F10 cream to prevent fly strike. That was last thursday. Took her back on Sunday and they said skin was necrotic and may need debriding. Gave me Dermasol cream and told me to continue flushing wound with sterile saline and gently abrade the necrotic tissue. they have said that they may need to GA her and debride it. Will see what the
  13. Hi there I need some advise on bullying. I have 2 ex-batt Rhode Island Reds that I have had about 9 months. I introduced them to my other ex-batts with little problem but Amber has turned out to have a big attitude and even attacks my cats. We lost the last f the old ex-batts a couple of weeks ago and so last week we had two more ex-barn hens-2 hubbard hens. One "Annie"is really featherless,walks with a limp and is a real coward around Amber and Sapphy. Both of them bully her and peck at her all the time. Poor "Betty" gets it too but she can get away. "Annie" runs up to me crying like a
  14. Hi there Just an update on Ruby-she responded well to all the meds and is back to normal other than lacking in energy-she is likely to still be anaemic so am feeding her spinach and have to go back to vets for a follow-up tomorrow and see if he suggests anything else. I thought I would have lost her but she's a tough little bird so hopefully we are winning but peritonitis has a habit of coming back. She went off with the others for a trip round the garden and was looking to go to bed with them but I will keep her in until all her meds have finished and to make sure she doesnt get chilled.
  15. Hi there My chicken Ruby is being treated for Egg Peritonitis and so far appears to be improving. I asked my vet about draining thefluid but he didn't want to as he said there was risk of introducing further infection and said that the pus would be reabsorbed by the body.Currently Ruby is on an antibiotic mixed with water, Metacam and Critical care formula. Yesterday she had a high temperature and hadnt eaten for at least 2 days but today the fever has gone and she's started eating a bit. I have been getting the antibiotic mix and critical care food syringed down her every 2 hours during
  16. I've had to make the decision today to have Emerald put to sleep on Tuesday this coming week. She is dehydrated, has a swollen crop and cannot pass any poo. She has been ill for 2 months and I have spent well over £100 on her but she is failing to respond. The vet thinks she probably has an abcess or tumor in her liver. I have kept giving her antibiotics as they initally seemed to help but now she is just skin and bone and sits around looking very sorry for herself with a crop the size of a grapefruit. I think there is a blockage stopping everything going through. Her wattles and comb are sti
  17. Hi there Interestingly I mentioned to the vet that the poo's she had passed were now normal consistancy but about as big round as my little finger not the usual big dollup that they do. Maybe she has a tumour. Anyhow discussed things with the vet today and we will make a decision at the end of the week on whether we carry on or let her go. She's had 12 months more than she would have and I want her to have a good life and if thats not possible I want her suffering to stop. Thanks for your response.
  18. Oh just wanted to add that up to about 6 weeks ago she was laying eggs pretty much daily but did try eating them. I have now made sure the chooks get supplements and oyster shell as the vet thought she might lack calcium. Emerald is about 2 1/2 year old ex batt. Madchick
  19. Hi I recently posted about my chicken Emerald as she had a bleeding vent. This then went on to diahorrea real bad for 2-3 weeks. The vet put her on 10 days Baytril and Pancur to worm her. Since before all this she hasn't laid a single egg. But noticed last week after the poo cleared up she was straining to the point of looking like she would poo but little or nothing came out. Now she is sitting on the nest all fluffed up and wont eat. She is straining as if she wants to pass an egg. We were away for 5 days and had someone feed the chooks who said they were all up and eating but I foun
  20. Hi there Mine's been like yours over last few days with a bleeding vent followed by bad poo. I took her to the vets and he put her on Baytril and wormed her. Today she is much better but the one of the others still has bad poo and today passed worms so might be best to get yours to the vets and get her checked out.Think mine was an infection and the fact i stupidly hadnt wormed them since they arrived 9 months ago. Hope this info helps Madchick
  21. Hi there again Emerald started to go down hill yesterday and started yellow diahorrea along with another one of the girls that already had a runny bum for 2 weeks. Anyhow made a call to the vet who advised to administer Baytril and carry on worming as before and bring her in today for a check. My regular vet thinks the blood was probably a ruptured blood vessel from straining and thinks she either has worms or a bacterial infection or both. He has given me Pancur to worm her with and that went down a treat on tuna fish. Amazing as she wouldn't eat anything all day but couldnt get enough o
  22. Hi there Thanks for your reply and advise. I 've separated her and she's in a cat box in our conservatory. Still happily eating and had a little spinach tonight. Vent is still bleeding a little but I caught one of the others pecking at her earlier before separating her. Have to say her vent appears a little ragged at the top as if she may have torn but I'm not too hot on chicken anatomy so I will continue to bathe it and monitor and take her to the vets if it doesnt settle. I have a little Baytril left from her previous visit to the vet so will get that down her and I have given her home
  23. Just noticed today that one of my chicks Emerald was bleeding from the vent. found blood spots in the eglo as if it occured as she was getting off the nest. We had one egg today but dont know which of the three laid it. Anyway I checked her out and I found what appeared to be dark clots coming out of the vent and bright red blood over her down and bottom feathers. I've taken her in and bathed her bottom in warm water and sprayed the vent with purple spray. The bleeding seems to have slowed up now and she has gone back in the eglo as I initally separated her to the other half of our garden fr
  24. Hi there I nearly cracked up laughing today with my 3 new ex batt girls. Had let them out to free range, suddenly Pearl grabbed something and legged it at superspeed with Ruby and Emerald in hot pursuit. It was like somethng out of a comedy sketch. The offending object turned out to be a slow worm (small one) which somehow she managed to eat with the others having a bun fight over it. I didnt know chickens could eat slow worms but this one did. What a hoot to watch. Madchick
  25. Hi Olly Thanks for your information. We wondered if it might be better to move the eglu onto the patio whilst away and weight the skirts down with slabs. We even considered whether to make a mesh base and cover with mulch for a few days but wondered if that would damage the girls claws. I suppose we could even make a temporary wooden tray to rest the whole thing in. I just want to do the best I can really but not sure what the best prevention is really. I'm worried that if were not here the fox has got 3 nights to work on the run. Madchick

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