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    Egg bound

    Thank you everyone for your advice....I put together a 'steam bath crate' but she didnt pass anything and she just got weaker and passed away later that day. Its the first time one of my hens have been poorly so it was a bit of a shock to the system as one minute she was fine and happy and then a few hours later not moving and huddling down and seemed so weak. All very sad, but I also know what to look out for now. Thanks again
  2. Just took one of my hens to the vet this morning as as last night I found her all hunched up and poorly. He said her abdomen was swollen and she is egg bound. He has given her an antibiotic jab and suggested I put her in her carrier in a steamy bathroom for 1 hour at a time. Ive made her an omlette with crushed egg shell in it (also at his suggestion) but she looks really poorly and just isnt touching it. My question is, in between her 'steam treatments' in the bathroom should I place the carrier outside with the other girls so she isnt isolated from them? If she does recover I don't want them picking on her.....or will they realise its the same hen coming back into the group? Or perhaps it is more important she is kept warm? Hoping someone can offer some advice. Ive also posted this in the chicken clinic Thanks Pam
  3. AgaSaga

    Egg bound

    Hi Just took one of my hens to the vet this morning as as last night I found her all hunched up and poorly. He said her abdomen was swollen and she is egg bound. He has given her an antibiotic jab and suggested I put her in her carrier in a steamy bathroom for 1 hour at a time. Ive made her an omlette with crushed egg shell in it (also at his suggestion) but she looks really poorly and just isnt touching it. My question is, in between her 'steam treatments' in the bathroom should I place the carrier outside with the other girls so she isnt isolated from them? If she does recover I don't want them picking on her.....or will they realise its the same hen coming back into the group? Or perhaps it is more important she is kept warm? Hoping someone can offer some advice. Thanks Pam
  4. My Black Rock hen has been losing her feathers for a while now - I first noticed it around October last year where she was losing feathers around her bottom/vent area and a few on her neck and I thought she was going through a mini moult. Eventually egg production dropped and although the feather loss didnt get any worse, they were not growing back either - although I did see the odd new quill poking through. After a couple of months I started giving them more protein in the form of mealworms and egg production started again, and I have continued giving them a mealworm treat in the afternoon. However I now notice that my Black Rock is losing feathers on her legs too. They have a large walk in run and free range on grass every day. I give them layers pellets and I dont see them pecking each other and the skin isnt sore. I cant see any mites or infestations and she is quite bright eyed and perky apart from this - just wouldnt win any beauty contests. Ive tried putting Poultry Nutri drops on some bread for them - but she is the only one who doesnt eat them - she doesnt like the taste. Any ideas what it could be? Thanks in anticipation
  5. Wow thats wonderful (and happy belated birthday). I definately need to try harder with my WIR!
  6. Well two are now free ranging within the netting, but my two Speckledy's are having none of it. They want to, and stick their head out of the entrance to watch the other two, but despite my best efforts to tempt them out with corn they are staying put. It's been a week, so time to bring out the big guns out I think....Im going to buy some grapes If that doesnt tempt them out I dont think anything will.
  7. Thanks for your advice, it was the reassurance I needed to let them work it out for themselves....Im just so impatient
  8. So.... we have erected the chicken netting so that it surrounds my run so that my four girls have more room to roam (they have been confined to their walk in run) but they seem reluctant to come out of the WIR and explore. Its been open all day and Ive sprinkled corn on the ramp but they have only eaten the bits they can reach by stretching their head.....its left me scratching mine! Any ideas? Are they likely to come out on their own eventually or do I need to physically put them in the new pen. Didnt really want to lift them in as I want them to know how to get back to their house at dusk. What do you think? Thanks
  9. Hi Im hoping some members can put my mind at rest. This is the first winter I have had my girls and towards the end of November my Black Rock hen lost a fair few feathers on her abdomen, no broken skin and no sign of parasites. Also someone wasnt laying so I assumed it must be her first moult. However, although the area has changed and looks a bit different I can still see a fair bit of skin. Do you think it is a moult? I thought the feathers would have grown back by now. Two days ago my Bluebelle has started losing feathers on her kneck and skin is showing. My 2 Speckledy's are unchanged. Do you think it is a moult or do you think I have a problem? Thanks
  10. That broody coop is brilliant - I can see that I am going to have to take action. She's started plucking her feathers out again to line the nest box which worries me that she's in it for the long haul! Thanks everyone Pam
  11. Thanks for all your advice - I think I might as well wait it out on this occasion but I'll be ready prepared for action the next time it happens!
  12. Hi One of my hens has been broody for about 3 half wks now. At first I tried all the tips to jolt her out of her broodiness but they didnt work so i thought Id just leave her to it. I take her off the other girls eggs first thing in the morning and remove them and lift her out of the nesting box and put her outside. I thought she would have come out of it by now or should I be doing something else? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Pam
  13. Thanks everyone for your advice, its amazing how many different approaches people take.
  14. When I collected my hens from the breeder she gave them a dusting of louse powder each and told me to do it every month as a preventative measure. I went to give them their monthly dusting yesterday and found that the powder Id bought was for bedding and not to be applied directly to bird - oops! I thought Id read on previous posts that the active ingredient was safe to use. I have Buz Busters Louse Powder containing Permethrin 0.336% w/w, D-phenothrin 0.249% w/w, Pyrethrin 0.09% w/w. Any advice on what should I be using on the birds to prevent lice? I really dont want to get them so would prefer something strong. As I was all prepared for 'the dusting' I used Diatom instead, although as I understand it, it isnt as strong as some powders. Any advice would be great Thanks
  15. Im in the same predicament, just building a walk in run now and was in two minds about what to put on floor, but ive decided Im going for woodchip. I place a post on here a week ago asking about rubber chips and the response was a big fat NO, avoid it at all costs. You can hose down the rubber chips, but the poo stays underneath them....urgh! I read in Practical Poultry that you should change the wood chips every two months. Hope this helps

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