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  1. Vet explained to me that Ex Batts are sadly prone to peritonitis, as they're bred to be unnaturally heavy layers their egg tackle is more likely to get all messed up. When I first encountered peritonitis I had the chook drained (vet showed me what he drained out!) then the Superlorin/Suprelorin implant put in. Sadly that wasn't enough and chook later had an enormous operation to clean her insides out. Now, as soon as an Ex-Batt's eggs start going wrong I put her on Suprelorin. I do it before any problems set in. Its not an easy decision, as one hen has really struggled with the implant and I hate seeing her struggling, but it's better than what my poor first hen had to go through. As an aside, the avian vet I use (who is a total ruddy miracle of a vet) is perfectly happy with Suprelorin. But my local generic vet won't use it, and says it should never ever be used in a hen - roosters only! He's never explained why though, whenever I've asked him he just mutters about "suppose we can use it if YOU really want to..."
  2. I've had one with a bald red bum for months. She moulted and grew new feathers in February, but her bum stayed red and bald until about a week ago (I think she's decided it's now too cold and she needs some feathers down there!) She definitely wasn't plucked by the others (she's second from top hen and can be quite vicious with the other chooks), just never bothered to grow feathers down there. I always worried she might be sore, but there was never any show of it. Whole bum area got redder sometimes, pinker others (assume it's a body heat thing), but there was no indication it was troubling her in any way. Hope Bluebelle is doing well x
  3. Hello, just popping up to say I did the "one hen" thing, and it worked out fine - but we did really work at it. We changed the rules for little lone hen and she spent a lot of time in the house with us. Myself and other half worked full time, but changed our working hours to make sure there was someone around for her as much as possible. Heartbreakingly for us she'd sulk if she was left alone for more than a couple of hours (which rarely happened), and dramatically snub us on our return, but a few snacks always won her round. We really did watch her for any signs of unhappiness, and were fully prepared to find a solution if she seemed unhappy, but other than the odd snub there was nothing. She actually seemed more content on her own. She made her little happy noises much more often and really did learn to communicate with us stupid humans. She was on her own with us for 6 months before cancer claimed her, and we're happy that she was happy. Lone hen isn't a situation I'd want to be in by choice, but if the situation ever arose I'd keep an open mind and give it another go. Hope Bella's still doing great x
  4. Thank you for being so nice and willing to help! I really appreciate it. Pip is still with us. She's perking up by the hour, but still has a long way to go. She's improved enough to walk again, but she was our little Rocket who was obsessed with jumping on top of everything and being as high up as possible. So it's hurt seeing her barely able to climb the step into the Eglu, even though we've made a couple of steps out of pacing slabs lined by a cut-up yoga mat for grip. On the plus side, she is happily taking the arnica (thanks for that AndreaT). Fingers crossed she's over the worst now, although the vet warned hens often go from fox-bite trauma to preitonitis so that's the next concern!
  5. Thanks for that Chucky Mama! That reassures me a lot! I've always had a (probably irrational) dislike of Tylan. The girls hate the taste of it, so I have to constantly work at getting them to drink it in water - especially when they're ill and don't want to eat or drink at all. (Little one's beak was hurt during the fox attack, so can't bring myself to press her beak open and syringe it in.) I've also heard Tylan is weaker than Baytril, but I don't know if that's true or just internet opinion. In my own small experience I've found avian specialist vets give Baytril, generalist vets give Tylan. Sadly for me, my own hens given Tylan have always passed on, the Baytril ones have recovered...but I suspect that's complete co-incidence from my own small sample and I'm just responding emotionally. Very much appreciate you explaining that Tylan may have been a chosen for a reason. I was on the verge of putting little one in the car and driving her two hours to the next closest avian vet for a second opinion. She's so bruised and sore the journey would have been horrendous for her, and more about my anxiety than her treatment. Thank you x
  6. My usual vet says he has to tell us the 'formal' advice is don't eat the eggs whilst the hens are on Tylan and for 3 days after (longer for Baytril). He also shrugs and says the amount of anti-biotic in the egg will be negligible, so it's personal choice whether to follow the guidance or not. I've eaten Tylan eggs and not had any problems, but it's just my choice. I'd never give them to anyone else though, I just wouldn't feel comfortable about it.
  7. Thank you so much for coming back to me, I really do appreciate it. I took your advice and took victim hen to the vet. Heartbreakingly for me, both my much trusted chicken specialist vets were away - so I ended up with a pleasant enough local jack-of-trades vet. Chook had more bite marks than I'd realised. Looks like she shook foxy off at least three times, and yes she had an air sack puncture (thanks for telling me about that Chucky Mama, I was ale to walk in say "I think she might have an air sack puncture..."). She's been given Tylan which cheeses me off a little, as my preference is always Baytril - but vet refused to give it, and she's going back for a check up in a couple of days. I was surprised chook wasn't given Metacam as she's very sore and bruised, but I guess different vets have different ways and I need to respect that. Little one is tired and sore, but has a crop full of meal worms and is currently sleeping standing up in a big dish of wood shavings on the kitchen floor. Thank you all so much for your help x
  8. I'm sure this question has been asked by other people, and answered a hundred times over, so apologies for starting a new thread..I did do a search, but I'm a little jittery at the moment! Just been through my first fox attack on my hens (there was me thinking "Oh that'll never happen to us"). Pip, the hen taken fought bravely and escaped, and the fox was seen off. There's feathers everywhere, but no blood. She's in shock, but has eaten and drunk a little and is now in bed in the Eglu. My worry are the puncture wounds left on her breast. There's no blood, but at least three definite holes in her skin. When I touched them she wheezed terribly, so she's understandably in pain there, but do I need to treat these puncture holes in any way? Cover them over? Put antibiotic cream on them? Thanks for any advice you can offer, and taking the time to read this.
  9. Seven years old is AMAZING! Sounds to me like she's being a sensible bird who knows what she likes. She's done enough cold winters and has decided this time she's staying in the warm. Good on her! One of mine is actively seeking out the slightest beam of sunshine in the grey days at the moment. If we had a green house I'm sure she'd take up residence in there! Sounds like your chook is doing great x
  10. My bowls of nice clean water, often with additional healthy tonics, aways get snubbed in favour of muddy puddles. I swear one particular hen would only drink water that was filtered through my potted bay tree and dripped out the bottom of the pot.
  11. Hi Steve, Not much help to you, but thought I'd chip in that mine are sneezing at the moment. One is worse than the others and has been sneezing since December. She went to the vet who said there was no sign of a cold or infection, but gave us a fortnight's Baytrill just in case. She's no better for it, and now sneezes so intensely and repeatedly that she falls over and can't get up. I've noticed her sneezes are a lot worse on damp, overcast days, so I'm desperately hoping for some winter sunshine for her. Other than that, when the sneezes are overwhelming her, I bring her into the kitchen for half an hour which seems to get her out of the damp long enough for the sneezes to ease off. She's a wheezy hen anyway and these sneezes really hamper her breathing, they seem to bring on something akin to an asthma attack. Roll on spring! Hope your girl is holding up okay.
  12. Hi Pavo121, I'm about to separate a bully from the other hens too! I'm nervous as anything about doing it (first time I've done this separation lark, but the hen she terrorizes is exhausted now). So hoping someone will post up here about how long they have to be separated for. I'm hoping it's only a day or so, as seeing bully on her own is really going play on my heartstrings. (She's not a bad hen, just desperate not to be bottom of the pecking order herself.)
  13. Hi sandyhas3chucks, Huge thanks for that! Another pair of eyes is a wonderful help! I shall stop with my fixation on Boo's nether regions, and turn my attention to handwringing over the new pecking order squabbles! I think I'm an over protective parent. Thank you x
  14. Wow!! This is amazing stuff! Looking forward to the pics!
  15. I have a whole lot of faith in Battles Poultry Drink! Possibly because it's the only shop bought tonic mine will drink! (I noticed Battles have changed the bottle a little, making it easier to pour. A helpful change that was long overdue.) Chooks have refused to even attempt water with the posh protein tonic I bought, or the heavily rosemary scented 'natural' tonic I thought we'd try out (can't blame them, the smell was a bit intense). I've never tried apple cider vinegar, I shall give it a go...and wear rubber gloves whilst putting it in the water

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