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  1. Hi One of my original hens (Betty), who is nearly three years old, seems a bit unwell. She is normally very bouncy and bright and was at the top of the flock for a while. Recently I've noticed her hanging back and moving about slowly, her bottom has been mucky for the last few days whenever I've noticed it. She doesn't rush for treats like she used to either. Also her crown has gone a very dark purply red and has flopped over to one side. The other five hens all seem fine. If anyone has suggestions or advice of what might be wrong and how to help, I'd be most grateful. Thank you.
  2. Hi I have 6 hens and 1 of them has started getting broody. (She is the only pure breed among them - a cochin). She keeps sitting on the eggs and caws with irritation when I push her off to take them. I was thinking of getting some fertilised eggs for her to hatch. Can anyone advise me on this - is it a good idea, what do I need to be wary of, will she look after the chicks or do I need to get involved? Also, where can I buy fertilised eggs for her? Thank you. Linda
  3. Yes...the breed instinct to herd is there straight away! And of course he is a clever boy too!
  4. This is a video of my 12 week old Shetland Sheep Dog puppy called Rafferty herding my chooks back into their enclosure:) Such a clever boy! But when I took him out today to practise herding again they knew already and all just went back in soon as they saw my little helper
  5. Thanks for the compliments - I will let her know she is widely admired - might boost her confidence as she is a bit timid .....And this is Snowy, my other new addition ...a Light Sussex hybrid....another handsome bird
  6. This is my new Bird! What a beauty! Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous 2011! Linda
  7. BiBiBi

    RIP Kooka

    Thank you Tricia. I already cleaned and disinfected the coop. I do give it a thorough wash and disinfect it every week. When you say keep an eye on the others, is there anything in particular I should be looking out for in their faeces, or anything else? My sister said she thought there was some diarrohea outside in their enclosure - it was a thick chocolate brown liquid - is that diarrohea? They do so many different types of pooh!
  8. BiBiBi

    RIP Kooka

    My partner says she has always been pecked a lot by the others and that maybe she was pecked to death! Is that possible? I thought a bit of pecking was normal and I haven't seen her being pecked that much. But when I was away my partner says she was being pecked so hard by Speckles that she was cowering with her head to the ground and lay right down as if she was "playing dead". He said Speckles attacked her quite violently for no reason. Do they attack the poorly ones? (When Speckles, the boss, had a poorly eye she was being pecked by the others) Or was Kooka pecked so much it made her poorly? I am concerned for the remaining foursome...what if what killed her was an infection? How can I protect them?
  9. I got back from holiday on Sunday night and my partner told me that the others were all bullying Kooka and she had taken to hiding in the coop. Yesterday afternoon she was hiding in the coop again so I took her out and let her roam the garden on her own for a bit. I gave her some sweet corn, but unusually for her she only ate a few kernels. Then I noticed her bottom looked very dirty and thought she might be poorly. This morning she was sitting in the nesting box at about 9 am - seemed fine. I went out, came back about 11am and she was dead Rigamortis already set in and I buried her. I've just washed out and disinfected the eglu - is there anything else I should do? - I don't want my other 4 to get ill!!!
  10. An update on Speckles sore eye: I tried the black tea and it seemed to improve slightly but after a while still not properly better. So, not being able to afford the £40 for a consultation (treatments extra) I went to the pharmacy and asked the pharmacist to recommend some eye drops. He gave me some costing £4 called "Brolene", but warned that they were not licensed for use on animals - I said I would try them at my own risk ....funny really when you think most drugs are tested on animals FIRST anyway... So I used the drops for about a week and now she is fully recovered. Hurrah!
  11. I've tried the black tea and she does seem a bit more perky now ....hopefully I won't need the vet....I called the local surgery and they charge £39 just to have a look and treatment is extra!!
  12. Mystery solved - I think i found out what it is - it's called oregon grape - I found this image online and that is exactly like it - http://www.ufz.de/data/8186. And the berries are edible and very rich in vitamin c.
  13. Thanks for the black tea suggestion. I will try that. How can you tell if she is in pain? She seems ok...laying eggs fine, but she does seem a bit subdued. Sometimes she sits down and turns her head round to bury her head in her feathers. Maybe I should take her to the vet. It's just so expensive to see a vet and when you're on a tight budget it's hard!
  14. Thanks for the suggestions but having looked at the image suggested and images of laurels, it is neither of these. It does look more like sloe berries but the leaves of sloe berry bushes in the pictures I have seen do not appear to be spiky or waxy. I will try to take a pic tomorrow and post it on here.
  15. We have a plant with oval shaped waxy spiky leaves - looks like a type of holly perhaps. But it has purple berries on it now, whereas hollies usually have red berries, I believe. Does anyone know what this could be and if the berries are edible? Thanks.

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