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  1. If she's got no meat on her at all, she's got no easy way of keeping warm, even if the ambient temperature is fairly high. for that reason I would put a hottie bottle wrapped in a towel in with her. As you're feeding her regularly, you'll soon see signs of heat distress (holding her wings out for example or panting) and can remove it if necessary. At the moment a lot of her energy will be going into keeping her temperature up, whereas it can go to healing her if she's kept nice and warm. You're doing it all right, very good luck, hope your little lady pulls through.
  2. Are the mealworms live? My girls used to do a hiccupy/sneezy noise when they ate anything that wriggled! Moths, worms etc, big hiccupy noise right after!!
  3. Really wouldn't use either Dettol or Jeyes. Any cleanser that goes white in water is highly toxic to many different animals - kills cats especially. At the very least, it has harsh fumes and chickens have very sensitive respiratory systems - my vet even advised against using "natural" products with strong scents such as tea tree and citronella in close proximity to chooks unless incredibly dilute (few drips per gallon). If you wash the wood down with a proprietary chicken safe cleaner like Poultry Shield, it would be safest.
  4. How sweet! Were they in there gossiping and knitting with their feet up on stools?!
  5. I've sent an e-mail to Practical Poultry and they've passed it on to Andy Marshall who writes the column and they will print a correction if he's wrong!! What have I started?!
  6. Beach Chick, I totally agree, chickens need lots of space and in my opinion, the ability to free range if they're otherwise kept in a small space (which mine did every day). As we all know, overcrowding in particular can lead to lots of behavioural problems. Your set-up sounds wonderful and very enviable!! Please forgive me if I've come across as lecturing in any way - I can assure you that wasn't my intention! I hope that what I'm doing is bringing to people's attention the fact that in doing all those things (which I feel makes for good animal husbandry on a day to day basis), you ARE taking a risk, albeit possibly a small one, which CAN result in the death of your chickens. Personally speaking, I would much rather take an educated decision, knowing the risks, than make an ignorant assumption and suffer the consequences without ever having known there WAS any kind of a risk, but maybe that's just me being uptight!!
  7. I got that info from an article in Practical Poultry Egluntine, so maybe they're wrong! Edited to say, yes, sorry Egluntine, you're spot on. I got my information from issue 63 page 15, Andy Marshall's Poultryman's Diary which clearly states that Vitamin C is an antidote to rat poison, but nowhere on the net can I find anything to back up that statement, nor his assertion that difenacoum works differently. Not very impressed to realise I'm spreading false information - sorry folks!
  8. I used to let my girls free range each day whilst supervised Simon. It's a calculated risk, but it's worth knowing that you ARE taking a risk. I had my girls happy and healthy for three years, then they both became unwell with different conditions and at the end of a week's intensive nursing and daily vet visits, we had to make the horrible decision to have them both put to sleep. That the vet suspected an infection passed on from wild birds may have caused both hens to be ill was pretty significant to me, so I just pass on the info for your consideration.
  9. Simon, wild birds carry diseases and illnesses that can be passed easily to chickens. I lost both my girls and my vet suspected they may have caught infectious bronchitis from wild birds (contact with them or their faeces can transmit the problem). DEFRA stipulates that wire mesh to enclose the chickens should be small enough gauge to prevent wild birds entering the enclosure (say in search of food) and that runs should be roofed over so no waste can drop through.
  10. If you or anyone else puts down rat poison, make sure it contains difenacoum. Other rat poisons often have a common antidote - vitamin c. As chicken pellets and meal contains vitamin c, a rat that ingests the poison then eats chook food will be impervious to the poison! There is nothing in chook food that would be an antidote to difenacoum.
  11. I'd check and see whether they have red mite before treating them separately for it. Shine a torch on them when they're roosting - if you notice little tiny specks going about their business, you've got red mite. Alternatively, rub a piece of clean kitchen towel over their roosting bars, especially in all the crevices, and if it comes away streaked with blood, that's red mite too. The dust on powders tend to be less effective than the spray on products which go into the hen's blood stream and kill any biters. however, there's an egg withdrawal period associated with the latter, so best to be sure you need to do it first.
  12. It sounds as though she has some kind of blockage, hence the full crop and her not eating. You could try a little olive oil or similar and massage her crop in case it's her crop that's blocked but I wouldn't try flushing in case there's a secondary blockage further down.
  13. Eggshells streaked with blood can be a sign of redmite infestation (the horrible things get crushed as the eggs leave the vent). Have you treated them for redmite yet?
  14. That's great news, glad she's feeling lots better.
  15. It can be pretty gruesome can't it? My vet said that if a bird spots its own blood, it will often then go on to peck itself to death. It's a worrying thought. Blue food colouring lives in my cupboard permanently now!
  16. No reason why you can't give them all a little bit of tuna - not too much though! Good that they've been wormed recently too. Enjoy your shopping!!
  17. I'm afraid I wouldn't risk it either. A forum member had a hen eat a blue tit recently - I think the quail might be at risk.
  18. The beak clip is called a Bumper/Bumpa Bit, and the thread below shows where to get and how to fit them. viewtopic.php?f=41&t=22584 If you type "chicken feeder" into ebay, you'll see the pots.
  19. Yay, someone's finally used my vet's blue food colouring recommendation!! Glad you were able to sort your girl out!
  20. I'm not sure how long you've had her, but has she been wormed recently? If she's eating loads but not laying that might indicate worms. Recommend Flubenvet mixed in with their food over 7 days.
  21. Hi Baaaaad kitty! Your girls sound fine - the foamy yellow poo occasionally is the caecal gland poop - about 1 in 10 comes from this area and contains fermented vegetative matter (nice!) If every poop was yellow, you would need to see a vet pronto. As for worming, it's a very good idea to worm them regularly. We find that Flubenvet is the most effective wormer and is added to their food for 7 days. It doesn't require any egg withdrawal period so you can go on enjoying their eggs whilst they are being treated. Buy online from many suppliers.
  22. You can give her some extra protein by digging up a few earthworms for her, or some people give a bit of tuna or tinned cat food based on fish - don't give dog food. Apple Cider Vinegar is commonly given to hens to make their digestive tract slightly more acidic than usual. This is thought to keep worm infestations down and help to kill off intestinal nasties, but you should still worm them intermittently and not rely on the ACV as it's not effective enough. It is completely unrelated to a tonic - you could get some from the Omlet shop - they do a liquid tonic (which is added to their water and is probably the best way to administer a boost of minerals and vits for your girl) or Poultry Spice in powder form which is added to food.
  23. She's growing new feathers and the dandruff is actually a papery sheath that falls off the new quill once it's got through the skin. She's fine! Give her a little bit of extra tonic or protein whilst she grows new feathers.
  24. I'm just wondering if she may have aproblem with an ear. That might cause head shaking. Have you checked her ears for any signs of swelling or weeping?

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