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  1. Yes I think Bonny does have canker in her throat, she has alot of mucus in her mouth sometimes, that's not a nice way to go either is it. I feel confident about this now, (but very sad) her appointment is made for this afternoon. Thankyou all for helping me make the right decision.
  2. thank you all for the replies. I'm in a delema about it. Bonny does have underlying health issues, her breathing has is bubbly & clicky for a long time & she's gradually slowed down, sleeps in till late morning & goes to bed late afternoon. At over 10 years old she's been "winding down" but still enjoying life, dustbathing, lying in the sun, bossing the ex batts about. She has only one eye, hence her name (after Anne Bonny the pirate) & she's the end of an era for me. I dont want her to suffer in what is probably her last summer anyway, I was hoping she'd just drift off like your old girl Beantree. But the more i think about it, how much healing she's got to do, with her already slowly deteriorating from something else (old age). The risk of the flies getting her again, maybe when I'm not around. I think sadly I've come to a decision I dont like.😔
  3. Bonny is a 10 y/o brahma who has health issues. I was expecting her to leave us sometime this year as she's slowing down, goes to bed early, gets up late. But I refused to allow her demise to be by maggots! I found her infested yesterday morning, remembering something I'd read I soaked her in warm salt water for an hour whilst spooning out hundreds of maggots that floated up. We thought we 'd got them all but found lots of them wriggling up her body under her feathers trying to escape, then clumps of them hiding under her wings🤢 We sprayed her wounds with purple septi cleanse, which killed most of the remaining maggots. I phoned the emergency vet who advised ivermectin spot on, which I gave her. She was in shock so stayed in a pet carrier with a heat pad. Today she has gradually perked up, started eating and drinking and standing. No sign of maggots, but her wounds are quite large (shallow but large in area) & looked scabbed. I'm not sure what to do now, I think I should keep her indoors for a few days to start with but not sure if I should put something on her wounds or leave them alone to scab up. I have a seperate run she could go into but I'm afraid the flies might get her again. I bought some Johnsons flystrike protector but am unsure if I can put this on her wounded area? The obvious thought would be take her to my vet but he isnt very knowledgabe about chickens & I'd rather not stress her any further at the moment. Does anyone here have experience of flystrike? particuarly about the healing process?
  4. Thanks for telling me that, I'll keep it for the guineapigs then. There is a spray called f10 which will kill the maggots but its very expensive to keep on the shelf "just incase." I've also read on another forum of someone who treated her badly infested hen with a spot on (directly on the area) and some purple spray & it killed all the maggots and she recovered. So I wonder if a dose of frontline for cats (which I use for lice ref my vet) or ivermectin would give a hen that's at risk some temporary protection from flystrike.
  5. I lost a hen to flystrike last year, the fly must have got into the coop through the vent holes in the morning. she'd had persistent worms that I was treating & she had a slightly mucky bum, but not the normal sort of mucky stuff, (gross alert) it was the dark brown runny stuff. I've noticed that where there are little dollops of this in the garden the greenbottle flies gather on it, they don't seem so interested in the normal poops. I presumed it was having worms that made her have more of these brown poops, so made her succeptable to the flystrike. Beaphar have brought out a spray on version of "Rearguard" that contains ivermectin & protects against flystrike by preventing any flyeggs from hatching...but its for rabbits & guineapigs & Beaphar wont commit themselves to whether its safe for birds. I've bought some anyway but I'm not sure about using it, I may ask my vet.
  6. ooh poor girl, I've had this happen twice to hens with scaly mite, the first time (she'd been brooding so I hadn't noticed it) I rushed her to the vet who carefully cut the "band" off with a scalpel & saved her toe. The second time when the band was removed it had caused too much damage & sadly her toe had to be removed. I would say the worst thing to do is wet the toe, this causes this tourniquet to tighten, Vaseline may be helpful as it should soften it until its treated - which should be fast! I now check mine regularly - especially those with feathery feet & ivermec when needed.
  7. I've heard this is a difficult habit to break & some keepers cull the hens that do it, so try & stop it asap. Years ago my mum blew an egg & put mustard inside it & put it back in the nest, that's an old fashioned remedy but I don't remember if it worked, I've read of collecting the eggs straight away and putting china eggs or golf balls in their place for a while. Also it can be caused by the hens having calcium or protein deficiencies. good luck
  8. and what they've grown into....... Miss Brown Curly (a boy) Major Gold Little Berty bathtub (another boy) little Pat (so named as his mum did a broody poop in the nest after he was hatched!) Houdini at the back (a girl) with Pat & Berty - they still sleep indoors at night. I'm quite sad that 4 of the 6 are boys, as Pat & Berty sleep indoors I've become very attached to them, but as I have no female frizzles to go with them it's unlikely I'll find them homes at least I've ended up with a trio of gold lace, so Major Gold has a chance. I'm letting them all free range so they have a nice life even if it doesn't turn out to be a long one
  9. I know its not authorised for hens but I've used Frontline for cats (a drop on neck skin & one under each wing)to rid of lice & things & its worked brilliantly, I've had this ok'd by a vet. I would think good disinfect & dusting the trays with diatom or a little ant powder (permethrin) may help keep the bugs away
  10. Well after a few hours in the pen I haven't seen any sign of illness & all poops are normal so I've let them out & I'll keep an eye on them. I wonder what else could cause blood in droppings?
  11. I have 3 chicks that sleep indoors & free range all day, they are now 7 weeks old. This morning one of them did a poop containing blobs of dark red blood blood. They are all lively & well & eating fine otherwise which I wouldn't have expected with cocci, but my first reaction was to shut them in a run this morning and put coxoid in their water. I don't really want to confine them if I don't have to, does blood in the droppings always mean cocci? my alternative is to let them out & watch them closely for any sign of illness before treating them. I also have another 3 same age same situation only they sleep outside as they're better feathered, but the 2 lots don't mix with eachother, they squabble so keep their distance (too many boys), there's no sign of illness or blood in droppings from the 2nd lot, again I'm observing closely. Any thoughts?
  12. Oh dear, it's a shame when this happens and a nuisance for you. As you know my brahma Beany left her chicks & was quite mean to them - still is, but Nettle my pekin happily lets hers hang around her all day even though she's stopped sleeping with them at night. 2 of Beany's chicks are late feathering up so at night I let them sleep in a rabbit cage in my conservatory with a heater. (they're 6 weeks old) If your hen is attacking the chicks I think you really need to separate them till they are a bit bigger, which I know is probably a bit hard for you to arrange as your other hen is probably still sitting? so you may need 3 runs & coops! a rabbit hutch may do for now if you're stuck.
  13. Thanks for replies. I've decided to worm the big chooks individually this time rather than dosing the feed & I'll do the chicks when they're a bit older (unless I see signs)
  14. My chicks are 6 weeks old now, this time I have let them free range with their mum's & my other chickens most of the time. One of my hens has got visible wormy poops & I want to flub them all. I feel the chicks are at risk of having worms too, would it be ok to worm them too at this age?
  15. Well its happened! Beany suddenly turned this evening. Up to now she's been a great mum, really protective & letting them snuggle in any time, but last night she tried to sleep back in the coop, I put her back with the chicks that time but tonight she started having a go at them & they ran away & hid under a tree! I've set up a cage in my conservatory with an electric hen - that I was hoping I wouldn't have to use - they can sleep there till they're a bit bigger, the nights are still cold, I hope they'll be ok in the day. I have another broody hen I wonder if she'd let them snuggle up.
  16. I've hatched twice before, once with a Pekin bantam, she was a wonderful mum & stayed with her babies until they were fully grown. The second time with my brahma bantam, she got fed up with the chicks at about 6 weeks & started to chase them away then went back to roost with the other hens, so the chicks had to come indoors with a heater at night. If Angie decides she's had enough you'll know, but hopefully that wont happen!
  17. aww, bad luck Laura, here's hoping for 5 girls in the next lot!
  18. I was relieved to see Nettle letting her chicks snuggle under her wings this am - even though they barely fit now! So I'm happy that she is still caring for them, especially in the cold weather we have atm!
  19. don't you folks think the lightest coloured one could possibly be a girl? it seems t have a smaller comb than the other 2.
  20. I'm not sure what to do about these chicks. I've been very laid back about with the chicks this year I have 2 broodies hatched 3 chicks each, after about 10days I let them gradually free range in the garden with the others & they've been fine, even the cockerel happily accepted them. Now Nettle, the pekin mum has started laying again which leaves her chicks alone during this time, our cockerel watches over them so I feel they're safe, but Nettle is obviously no longer caring for them very well. The other 3 are still often seen tucked into their mum's feathers for warmth whereas Nettles chicks are more & more often on their own. She still sleeps with them at night so I'm reluctant to bring them indoors, the question is are they ok to be without her warmth during most of the day at only 4 1/2 weeks old? - they are about 3/4 feathered now.Unfortunately, due to circumstances when they hatched they've not been handled & are not very tame, so catching them regularly would be difficult!
  21. when I found worms in the poop they were like wiggly threads. These sound like maggots to me, but I would worm them again just incase.
  22. They all hatched on day 21, which surprised me as 3 were given straight to my pekin bantam & she sat through all the freezing weather, the other 3 were in an incubator for the first 2 weeks then given to my broody brahma. So totally different conditions yet they hatched at the same time! Yes I did candle them, with a small LED torch from Tsco & a black glove & it was amazing to see, I've never managed to do it before. good luck with yours
  23. The brown chickies will be goldlaced and the others probably frizzles.
  24. These little cuties hatched at the weekend, after starting in an incubator, 2 of my hens went broody so I let them have 3 each.

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