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  1. Hi there - really interesting thread to read through. Thought it may be helpful to share my experience in case it helps. A couple of my girls had a worm infestation last year, despite a quarterly Flubenvet worming regime. To clear up the problem, my vet was able to identify the exact type of worm and, armed with this information, the Flubenvet people were able to advise how soon after the first dose of Flubenvet wormer I should start a second. In my particular case it was 18 days after the first 7 day treatment stopped, but other types of worms vary either side of this - it all depends on the time it takes the worm eggs to hatch and different types of worms will take different lengths of time. After these two doses, my "problem" cleared up and I'm now back to the normal quarterly worming programme. I'm not sure if I've explained that very well - hope I haven't confused you . Anyway, I guess I'm saying that if you can find out exactly what type of worm your girls have, the Flubenvet folk will help you determine the interval between the two remedial doses of wormer so that you catch the worm eggs at the right time. They've got a really useful book on worms that they may let you have, although your local supplier of Flubenvet may also have a copy to lend. Good luck with it - there's always something to keep us plugged into the forum isn't there!
  2. Hi there Sorry to hear it's not going to plan. I had exactly the same with one of my hybrids and, having ruled everything else out, she has a wonky egg shell gland and now just provides me with with shell-less eggs to clear up most mornings before the others get to them, sometimes accompanied by her version of a shell. However, when I was trying to resolve it with crushed baked egg shells I was advised to feed cod liver oil at the same time as the vitamin in that is needed to get the calcium absorbed into her body. Have you tried that? I also tried the usual egg shell improver powder and liquid calcium supplement readily available from poultry product suppliers. I also got the young lady checked for worms in case she had picked up something that was affecting shell quality. Wishing you well with narrowing it down.
  3. Hello everyone Zippy has been off colour since Saturday afternoon - generally moving slower than the others around the place but not looking hunched up and wanting to be alone - she just does everything a bit slower. She's still drinking but is not really eating - she will casually pick up worms and grubs when free-ranging but is not interested in the usual layers pellets and treats. She won't even nibble at some boiled egg or tuna which I only give as a last resort as it always goes down well. She moulted a few weeks ago and didn't cope well with that but bounced back after a few days, so I've ruled that out (unless they have a secondary moult, but I can't see any feather loss or new ones coming through?). Her comb is normal, as is her abdomen. She was wormed 2 months ago. The only thing that is not right, besides her general lacklustre mood, is that her crop is not clearing overnight. It is not full, hard and swollen and I can feel what's in there break up if I massage it having given her a little olive oil beforehand. It did the same when she was feeling sorry for herself during the moult. Very grateful to hear of anything else I should be looking for or try at this stage. Many thanks!
  4. Sorry to hear your girl is not well. I had one who started breathing very heavily and taking quite a bit of effort over it, but no wheezing. She had a chest infection and was prescribed antibiotics by my chicken vet. That improved things. I also had another girl who sounded like a coffee percolator when breathing, more so in the morning and last thing at night. Again, a course of antibiotics cleared that up, but not for quite a few days. I'd rather have not gone down the antibiotic route but it did seem to help. I hope someone else comes along soon with some other suggestions.
  5. Thanks very much! I'll see if she takes the tuna. She's already on ACV and I've also put some tonic in another drinker, so fingers crossed she's just feeling a little sorry for herself and picks up. I've got a good poultry vet nearby so I'll head off there if things don't start to improve.
  6. Morning all I have an 18 month old Goldline who has some thinning feathers just under her vent (the shafts are still there but the actual feathers are thinning). Some of the bases of the shafts are a little inflamed. Until this weekend, she has otherwise been right as rain but for the last couple of days she has been withdrawn and not eating very much. She has new feathers coming through in places but hasn't moulted yet in the "classic" way. I can't see any sign of mites or lice on her and have treated the inflamed shaft bases with a bit of Sudacrem. She was wormed at the beginning of August, her abdomen and crop feel normal and she is up to date with preventative lice treatment - could there be anything else I need to look for? I'm not sure if the feather thing and the lethargy are linked but it's the only thing I can think of right now. There is no indication the others are pecking her (unless it's in the coop at bedtime but it's all been quiet in there when I've monitored it) and she doesn't show signs of pecking herself. Any thoughts anyone?
  7. Hi Tweety - the new ones were POL when I got them and all except two are the same size as the older girls. The third, smaller, girl seems to have the gift of the gab with the older girls and they rarely bother her - she's the one who manages to snuggle up with them in the coop at night. The older girls I've had for one year and they were POL, too.
  8. Hello all I introduced three new girls to my three older ones over the late May bank holiday, having kept them apart for a week. However, it is now July and the three older girls are still insisting on giving the new ones a hard time - chasing them away from food, grabbing hold of feathers, not letting them into the coop at night. It's not constant but it is a regular occurrence, especially first thing in the morning when they're getting up and looking for breakfast. I can't make out one clear ringleader - they all seem to be at it! Consequently, I'm not sure who I can separate from who! Right from the start I doubled up on feeders and drinkers but the three older girls are starting to wise up to that and deploy each other to "man" each one. I think I'll have to invest in a few more?! I have a huge walk-in run with lots of perches and benches and things to keep them occupied, so at least that helps the new girls to be able to get away and they have a few places to hide. At night time, two of the newbies perch on top of the coop rather than run the gauntlet of going inside, so I wait until it's completely dark and then pop them in myself. But, rather than insisting they're all on perches I've started to leave them to settle wherever they've managed to find as I thought that would at least cut out all the pecking and dramatics then. But I'd be much happier to have them all roosting together. So - any thoughts on how I combat this? Water spray has been deployed into faces for a few weeks now, but obviously to no effect! Now please don't all tell me that your older girls behaved impeccably when new girls arrived.....!
  9. Hi there - 3 of my Goldline chooks have also lost their feathers in that area (and some on their chest as well). No lice/mites/eggs to be found on them so I took them to the chicken vet and they were put on a course of antibiotics but it hasn't made any difference. It doesn't seem to be getting any worse, though, so I am keeping a close eye on it and applying Sudafed cream to the reddest areas. I have heard on here that some chooks habitually lose their tummy feathers at this time of year because of the heat (can't say I've seen much of that around here recently, though!)
  10. I'm with Nelmel on this - I have a really large walk in run that I haven't been able to cover and was fed up with the dirt/mud/dirt so got a local tree surgeon to deliver a big load of wood chips (I made sure it had a high wood content with very little bark) and I put this down at a depth of around 4-6". The girls weren't sure about it at first but now love scratching around in it. All I had to pay was the chap's fuel, so if it carries on being a success I think I've found the ideal base. I plan to replace it every 6 months or so and regularly sanitise it.
  11. I'm with Nelmel - I have a really large walk in run that I haven't been able to cover and was fed up with the dirt/mud/dirt so got a local tree surgeon to deliver a big load of wood chips (I made sure it had a high wood content with very little bark) and I put this down at a depth of around 6". The girls weren't sure about it at first but now love it and there are deep holes everywhere. All I had to pay was the chap's fuel, so if it carries on being a success I think I've found the ideal base.
  12. I agree - absolutely the best thing for my girls - looks nice, hardly any dust, easy to poo pick, the chooks seem to love burying their back ends in it when laying and very easy to clean out. Composts down well, too! It goes really soggy when it gets wet, so I wouldn't use it in a run unless it was covered. Enjoy!
  13. Mine are the same as AlisonH and good egg above - they used to just stay outside and ended up looking like cartoon chickens with their feathers so wet that all you could see were eyes and bones! Eventually they worked out that they stayed dry if they went into their shelter and now they head straight there at the first sign of rain, coming out to have a look round every so often. It took a while for the penny to drop though!
  14. Thank you! By quarterly preventative treatment, do you mean an additional spot on treatment or just to spray the Johnsons Mite Spray on them every quarter?
  15. Interesting to know, but unfortunately I don't think it is. I've spent hours just watching them in their run and coop, hoping to see them either peck themselves or eachother and make some sense of it, but nothing... I'll see what the treatment brings and hope that does the trick.

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