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  1. Mycoplasmosis - nasty disease - advice

    Hi, You are absolutely right about Tylan and the syringing. If I had not used a few grains of Tylan in a syringe full of luke-warm milk and sugar solution, tiny drop by tiny drop, Edna would not be back to rude health and terrorising the flock again! Or should I say, asserting her authority again! I so nearly lost her. Just putting it in the drinking water didn't work for her as she didn't drink enough to have a sufficient dose. She is already laying again and you would not know that anything had been wrong with her. You do have to be incredibly careful with syringing, especially with a respiratory infection as you can make things worse. Tap gently on the side of beak away from the nostril until she opens her beak to peck at the end of the syringe, then syringe a tiny drop into her beak. Let her swallow and repeat until all the syringe full is gone or she has had had enough. Repeat every couple of hours until she is stronger and can slurp it up herself from the container. I used a tiny syringe that only holds about 10ml. I put just a tiny pinch of Tylan into the milk and sugar solution. I guess there was about 40ml of milk and sugar solution altogether. (The usual dose of Tylan is half a gram per litre of water, so it's almost impossible to judge how much to give one hen - just coat the very tip of a teaspoon?). Anyway, it worked for Edna! My vets, Wright and Morten in Macclesfield (Farm and Equine Dept) have been fantastic. So has my OH, putting up with my chicken obsession
  2. quail pellets

    Have fun with them! I adore mine, and so do my nieces, nephews, mum - in fact anyone who sees them! I have to say that thus far, they have been the easiest creatures of all to look after.
  3. Mycoplasmosis - nasty disease - advice

    Sorry just read my last post! Apologies for spelling, grammar etc. I really must learn to preview my waffle before I post it...
  4. Mycoplasmosis - nasty disease - advice

    Hi, It may not be the breeder's fault, as apparently most flocks have this problem which often only comes to light under stress. However, I will be calling them to tell them what has happened. I nearly lost Edna (Miss Pepperpot) and thought her number was up when I went into the garage (have a chicken ICU in there at the moment!) and found her eyes streaming with red liquid, tail on the floor, unable to eat, eyes closed, laboured breathing etc. Put a few grains of Tylan into some warmed milk, veg oil, pinch of poultry spice, mashed bread and syringed it into the side of her beak drop by drop and prayed. Did that again twice more so that at least she had some food and liquid inside her. I honestly did not expect her to be alive this morning and to be honest, she didn't look much better. But the eyes had stopped running and so had her nose. I syringed some more of my patent mixture into her and then to my surprise, she opened her eyes and started slurping it from the mug! I have to confess that I cried. She is my favourite and she has fought so hard to survive. She has got better and better all day. As she is older, the vet didn't really expect her to get over it. But she is doing, and her best mate Ethel has fully recovered and back to her matirachal status in the run! Edna is well enough now to spit out the nasty raisins in her special porridge that I made with mealworms to help her get stronger. Tomorrow is re-disinfection time of the entire set-up with Virkon. Apparently, you can also spray the chickens with stuff. Just remember to wear rubber gloves as it is pretty strong stuff before you dilute it. My vet charges £1.50 per tablet which makes up 5 litres. That appears to be a really competitive price. Have all your hens survived the outbreak? What did you do to get them better?
  5. Mycoplasmosis - nasty disease - advice

    Hi, I know you don't need a prescription for the Virkon - it's just often quicker to get it from the vet as there's more of them, usually closer! Thanks though. The myco in my flock was definitely brought in with a new hen. She started with it as soon as she arrived. Your advice is good about the 3 weeks. Every single hen has now got it or had it in the last week. It must be a very virulent strain. I think folk need to lobby for vaccination against this horrid bug, like they do in most countries. What do you think?? It makes our hens so poorly, and if we don't observe really good hygiene practices between flocks we are simply spreading it further.
  6. Quail advice please!

    Hi, mine are in an eglu with the standard 2m run. Fabulous accommodation for them. However, I have lost one. They are getting really friendly and so come running up when I go out to them, expecting mealworms! One got so excited one day that she flew up and over my shoulder and off into the undergrowth. I spent hours trying to catch her, to no avail, even though she seemed to want me to. They are just so small and so quick. So, advice is, be careful, even when you think they are really tame, as they are quite flighty little things. Gorgeous though! Do go ahead and get some!
  7. quail pellets

    Mine are on layers pellets too. They love them, and can swallow a whole mealworm with gusto! Beware the tame quail - they have a habit of disappearing over your shoulder and then that's that. No getting them back unless they are in a completely enclosed walk in run...
  8. Mycoplasmosis - nasty disease - advice

    My little flock has mycoplasmosis caused by bringing in new hens to my existing flock. The hens become very poorly very quickly. The symptoms are: 1. Frothing at the corner of one eye/both (clear small bubbles) 2. Quickly followed by conjunctvitis/EXTREMELY runny eyes/nose. They quickly become unable to see as their eyes get gummed up 3. Swelling around the eyes 4. Sneezing 5. Head shaking Your hen might not show all of these symptoms. She may just have a cold. But frothy eyes is a dead give away. It is spread by droplet infection and takes hold incredibly quickly. One of mine was fine when I looked at them in the morning, and two hours later could not open one eye and was sitting hunched in the corner of the run. Do the following as quickly as possible at the first symptoms: - isolate the hen immediately to somewhere comfortable, well-ventilated and WELL AWAY from the others so that sneezing cannot spread the virus - bathe her eyes, if they are gummed shut,with luke warm water (don't use salt water as it will cause more irritation) until she can open them again - call the vet and tell them what you suspect, describing the symptoms carefully. They may suggest that you take her in for an injection of antibiotics. She will need another two days later. HOWEVER, as it spreads so quickly and you will have other hens, I would ask for a prescription of anitbiotics to add the their water. This cuts down on stress for the hens and for you at the enormous bill you might be facing if you have to take each hen into the surgery twice... - ask the vet for Vikon - a disinfectant effective against mycoplasma. Scrub and spray EVERYTHING in range of the hens. Then do it again 5 days later. Then again in another 5 days. - if you can, remove all bark/aubiose etc. and destroy it or compost it under cover well away from your hens or wild birds, disinfect, then put down new bedding You hens will recover. However, they will remain as carriers for the rest of their lives, so other hen keepers' hens are at risk from yours. You must ensure that you do not enter their hen enclosures or touch their hens without changing your shoes and your clothes if you have been with your hens shortly before. This is especially important if you neighbours/friends with hens look after your hens for you whilst you are away. PLEASE don't do what I did. If you buy in new stock, keep them well away from your existing flock for at least 3 days whilst you observe them for disease. This is a 'nasty little bug' (my vet's words!) and takes a lot of beating into submission.
  9. Lemon Cuckoo Niederrheiner

    Hi, sorry I didn't reply earlier - was planning an extension to my WIR and building it. Have not been on the forum for ages. Yes of course I will post a photo, as soon as I can work out how!! Hildegarde Souffle is doing really well and is extremely posh.
  10. Who keeps quail in an eglu?

    The drinker I have works brilliantly - cannot be knocked over as a wine bottle is attached to the outside of the run in the drinker frame, and the drinker part pokes through the bars in the wire. One full bottle seems to last my quails for a about five days - though of course I've never tested that theory to the max! Feeder wise, I have now invested in a sturdy number on little legs that has a top hat on top to keep out the rain (and the quails). Finally, no more wasted food! All four of my girls were laying within two weeks. It's great fun hunting for eggs in the run with the litter picker! the neighbours must get endless entertainment...
  11. Quails aren't laying

    Oh dear, it seems you are not having a good time with quail. My 4 seem very happy in their green eglu. One started laying within 4 hrs of delivery and has laid most days since, and 2 more have laid today! Only one to go. Maybe the Italian quail are calmer? I got them from Omlet - very happy with them. Ultra cute and quite tame.
  12. Reconditioned Cubes

    Hi Quin, Thank you for the reassurance re: returned/faulty cubes. Very reassuring. I also have to disagree with folk that have found their chooks don't like the glug and grub - mine stuff their heads in very often and very readily!
  13. Lemon Cuckoo Niederrheiner

    Hi, I have a Lemon Cuckoo Niderrheiner hen - just 15 weeks old. She's beautiful, with blue legs!
  14. Who keeps quail in an eglu?

    Hi, Sorry to hear about fox attack. Nasty. To get the eggs out of quail eglu, I use a long litter picker. I now have a galvanised drinker that uses a wine bottle and fixes to the outside of the run, and an old 1l plastic milk bottle with a quail head-sized slot in the side for their layers pellets until I feel shamed into buying something more classy!! Works a treat though, keeping the rain off. Doesn't stop them pooing in it though. I don't know how they manage it!
  15. Reconditioned Cubes

    I am on my second and waiting for a third. I wonder the same thing as prof...