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  1. You may be right Dogmother, perhaps I am.
  2. One of my cats did this; I sought advice from a forum I trusted (at that time!) only to hear: naughty puss! End result? My cat had severe crystals on her bladder - it was too late to do anything about it. Maybe, by posting, you hope to not go the vet route; my experience tells me - go the vet route if you can afford it!
  3. Very well done to you for your fortitude! Fingers X'd for you Claire - that you find inside yourself what you desire most and find the courage to be assertive in achieving it xxMxx
  4. Is it a "problem"? Well, that depends on your perception A broody hen will not lay eggs; so, if eggs are your reason for keeping hens, that "could" be a problem, but one that can be resolved. Is it a nuisance? To who? You as an egg gatherer? Or, you as a chook breeder? If you are an egg-gatherer, egg production decreases - onthe other hand, the potential to breed/hatch more eggs increases. So, it's a demand/supply answer. Is it inevitable? Well, of course!!!!!! Hens cannot reproduce unless they go broody, at some point, and hatch fertilized eggs! If they did not go broody, ask yourself this: how come any of the species has lasted THIS long???? For the rarer breeds, who are less likely to go broody, we have breeders to thank! Those who take the fertilised eggs of those breeds who are less than prolific and place them under the protective wings of those breeds who are more likely to go broody.
  5. No darling, sadly not. When "old people" are put in homes, it is because those who could/should care are of the belief that they cannot. This is a reminder that we live in a very individualistic society without the values of religion to back up our moral arguments. To be put to sleep when you reach that stage is the euthanasia argument and is very contentious. Chickens, rightly or wrongly, depending on your perception, are not an endangered species. While there is an argument for pure breeds, does the same hold true for hybrids? Ex-batts? That is very subjective; as is the issue of vets vs culling; as is the chook as a pet vs utility animal; as is the issue of a forum which promotes a chicken clinic for self-diagnosis vs vetenary experptise The very bottom line of the argument lies in nothing more, or less, than a simple one of "Good Husbandry"! Now, for those who understand what that phrase means, it is good for their livestock; for those who do not fully appreciate what that phrase means is the road to contention, dispute and self-opinionated views. Good husbandry is about giving your hens the environment they deserve/are entitled to. It is about not permitting an animal to suffer unduly. It is about giving your livestock (and that is what hens are, livestock ) the conditions they deserve and require for their species: food, water, shelter, cleanliness. Good husbandry does not mean you bankrupt yourself to preserve one hens life Now, in all fairness, that is subjective and down to the individual to determine - it is not for people on here to judge. The OP has not returned since s/he culled her poorly hen. I find that quite saddening - I can't help feeling we, as a collective, let them down somehow. I thought we were a supportive group - which includes supporting people who care as much about our animals as we do, but who may have a slightly differing point of view to our own in how that unfolds in terms of financial boundaries/values/country living vs backyard sentimentality. I am curious to understand which "animal welfare" act relates to a hen who is displaying the OP's symptoms? Does animal welfare equate to hens not displaying abnormal symptoms? Does animal welfare equate to a person who asks for advice but does not recieve anything concrete? In which case, is that the error of the poster, or the error of the responses, or should the poster be deterred from posting and asking for advice? If a hen displays concerning symptoms, should they be automatically culled on the basis of "no suffering permitted"? Or, should there be a window of opportunity which allows a hen keeper to monitor progress/regression? If so, how long should that be? What of those hens who go to bed, looking healthy and "normal" but, come morning are nothing more than a corpse? Should animal welfare be involved in a species which is reknown for it's "delicacy"? Which is worse? The poster who asks for advice (twice!) and doesn't recieve anything further than "go to a vet!" which they cannot afford - or they would have done so!? - or, the hen keeper who neither seeks forum support or vetenary advice and leaves their girls in blissful ignorance? I would far rather someone post on here asking for advice (in lieu of a vet!!) than someone who does diddly squat!! I would far rather hear a story whereby the carcass was fed back to the wild to support nature than a post which states, went-to-vet-PTS-walked-away-sanitised. Sanitisation in that context simply means satisfying the *human* element of sadness/guilt/shame. Am I a heartless hen keeper - ask my boys they know me best. Am I a "judgemental" hen keeper - read my posts My heart does out go to the OP and the responses she received and which prompted her to no longer log in. People who argue the rights of animals and yet are so dismissive of human frailties give me more cause for concern.
  6. Then your real dilema is: chicken pie vs foxy supper? You've raised awareness (when you are at your lowest ebb - very commendable and get-well-soon huggles to you!) and I dont' see how much more you can do. Sleep easy; your conscience is clear! You have done the very best you can, under your circumstances, to give him the very best of chances. Now it is down to powers beyond ours Thank you, Jenny, for caring enough to post and for your faith your post would be of assistance to this lad ((hugs))
  7. They will do that if it is something they are not sure of. What does your son have for breakfast???? Does it have a high salt/sugar ratio?
  8. You've summed it up far better than I did! *renames Sienna, DQ!*
  9. Wow! How scarey!!! No experience of a personal nature, at all - my mother worked while she had a break in her spine (undetected from an abusive relationship many years before) until she literally collapsed with the agony! After initial hospitalisation, she paid an ungodly amount to see a private oesteopath - that was her turning point in life! She went from being advised she would need to wear a metal corset for the whole of her life, to finding her freedom of movement!! I suppose I'm saying: investigate all options rather than settle for one opinion of diagnosis Equally, I'm saying - get well pronto wishes!!!!
  10. Personally, I think the terrorist threat will be quite low, due to the high amount of security the Olympics will have, there will be police, marines and SAS protecting London. Totally agree. Plus, we have a history of terrorism and our endeavours to prevent/minimise impact which will stand us in good stead. Equally, we have technology in place which gives us an advantage but is not widely published - which gives us an upper hand in prevention. Those who think counterwise are scare-mongering at best, or, buying into the threat of fear, at worst. Do not let fear distort your reasoning - because that is the very basis of terrorism: letting your fears rule your reasoning
  11. Why cross? If you would watch it regardless of the country it is operating in, then clearly, for you, it is a case of loyalty? The fact it is being represented in your own country, and knowing the history of the last time it was held here, should be a matter of national pride, even if you do not see the economic value of it. The revenue isn't simple generated from those who pay to be present at the events (tourism). The revenue is also generated by:- [list=]advertising rights selling recording/broadcasting rights internal flights hotel revenue private rental revenue internal travel revenue prestige revenue local business revenue which all contribute to business tax and VAT to boost our *nations* economy (at a time when it is flagging!) and so much more besides (think: t-shirts, banners, flags, food, drinks, programmes, momentoes, pens, bookmarks, notepads, postcards, stamps, etc., etc.! For those who are skeptical about the business case, I suggest you read up in the business advantages - not just in the short term, but in the longer term when UK plc is competing in a GLOBAL market! This is a fantastic opportunity at a time of Global recession when we compete in a global business ethos. I have yet to see a valid argument (other than pure opinion) as to why we cannot/will not recoup our investment???
  12. What would I do? First, I'd be thinking, a hen's idea of "cold" differs very much from us humans. Why? Because a) they have the luxury of a feather duvet nature provided against such weather extremes and b) they have a higher body temp then we do and c) the whole point of seperating a broody into a cage of solitary confinement is to bring down their body temperature to break them from being broody! Bottom line is: I would leave her caged up - on the proviso she is in a draft free environment. Air ventilation is great - but, there is a difference between "AIRFLOW" AND DRAFT!. (SOZ keyboard gone waffy and finding it hard to GET RID OF CAPS!!)
  13. Thank you, to both of you, for your replies and the time it took to post them. Thank you so much for your detailed, informative post - really helpful! Except, now I know my instincts are totally flawed The little madam snuggled that golf ball like a comfort blanket and then, laid her egg!! I'm nominating her for next years Oscars Have to confess to being a tad disappointed; hatched some eggs last Spring and it was the most humbling, yet amazing, experience. I was all eggcited there for a few hours Old saying: "Do not count your chickens until they are hatched!" ... or, in my case; "Do not count on a broody until she shows more signs!" I do appreciate the advice/experience though, so thank you, BOTH!
  14. Know nothing and nowhere near either; but, how sad for the poor thing! If I were nearer, I'd home him until his owners were found
  15. Blimey! If that is how your WIR looks when it is *due* a "big clean" .. can't wait to see it when you *have* given it one!!!! Mine looks like that *after* a "big clean"
  16. You're welcome whoopsie - we all have to learn something at some stage; I certainly wasn't born knowing this
  17. Don't fret over it Hazel The main thing is, there is a solution and you've found it
  18. A dusting of icing sugar covers a multitude of sins Or, slap on some chocolate butter icing and call it a chocolate log? Or, serve it heated with some warm custard and call it dessert? Or, tell the family it is totally ruined and you had to gobble it all up to save them.
  19. I know! I know!! I know!!!! You need to check the Yes/No checkbox where it says: so you check the "No" box It's directly under the dropdown box for Greenwich Mean Time HTH
  20. Sienna laid her first egg yesterday (yay, Sienna!) and today, she's been in and out the nest boxes trying to decide which to sit in. After a (long) while, I decided they could do with a bit of corn (still snow on the ground here) and thought she would have "finished". She shot out of the nest box to snaffle some corn ... ... I peeked inside to get the egg, except there wasn't on. What there was was a golf ball I'd had in there to show them "where" to lay and she had rolled it to the back of the nestbox and that was what she was sitting on. I took it out. She went back to the nest box and got quite agitated, back to going from one to the other Then I thought hmm, is she missing her golf ball? So, I put it back into the nestbox she'd been sitting in. She saw it, went in, moved it around a bit, them promptly nestled down on top of it Now, if she is broody, the plan is to move her to my broody coop, purchase some fertilized eggs and let the wonders of nature do its stuff. I don't relish driving a 40 mile round trip to get some fertilized eggs if she is just being a bit dopey and sitting on the golf ball while she waits to lay. My instinct is she is broody; but she only laid her first egg yesterday (She's a Buff Sussex)
  21. Do you mean the pointy end down? It's because the rounder end is the end with the air sac and that helps keep bacteria out. Plus, if they are fertilized you store them pointy end down while you wait for a broody
  22. Mealworms, mealworms, mealworms, cherry tomatoes, mealworms, mealworms, corn, mealworms, mealworms, crumbs, mealworms, mealworms, spaghetti, mealworms, mealworms, cut-and-come-again-salad leaves, mealworms, mealworms and mealworms. Did I mention .... mealworms?

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