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  1. Couldn't believe the Fed show went ahead at the weekend. Whilst we all can't let 2+ chickens roam in the garden, 7000 poultry can convene from all corners of the UK...it beggars belief! They've stopped it now https://www.gov.uk/government/news/poultry-gatherings-suspended-following-avian-flu-case but it seems a bit horse/door/bolted to me....
  2. Hi Graham, Thanks for your reply and advice. I liked your most recent post on the 'official' thread. I know these rules mainly apply to the 99% of poultry kept in the UK at farms. It's unfortunate that our garden birds have to suffer for the precautionary measures that will likely only affect large flocks of thousands. I too am unwilling to cause her to suffer because of something that isn't in the UK yet. But I know these things have to start somewhere and if everyone decided to ignore the rules I would be the first to complain. Because neither me or my birds come into contact with any other poultry I am sure I won't be the one that this potential outbreak affects or spreads to others. But nevertheless I will keep my other 4 in, 24 hours a day. I am likely to keep this girl in for 23 hours a day
  3. I should add, I could cover the new laying area and cover that with a tarp.....? Place her in the 'laying' run for an hour, and then back?
  4. Hi all, Haven't logged on in a while but with everything in the news I thought I'd see what everyone has to say about the new 4 week 'imprisonment' for our free-range girls, and have read the main thread with interest.. My 5 chooks normally live in an 8' x 8' shed at night, with access to an (uncovered) 100ft run, and then free range of an acre in an afternoon (lucky ladies!) Due to the new rules, the only covered place is their night time shed, which is technically 'fine' as far as size requirements go, but my problem comes with a particularly determined Ginger lady She is a constant escapee, no amount of 6ft high mesh has managed to keep her contained in the run - no idea how she does it but every defence we put up she finds a new way around. She finds whichever room we are in in the house, and will sit on our kitchen windowsill which is about 5ft off the ground from outside. (yes her wings are clipped!). Anyway, every morning she manages to escape, and a few months ago, decided she would rather lay under a holly bush on the other side of the house - a good 10 minute hike for her. Hilariously we also needed a ladle taped to a broomstick to retrieve the eggs! Since then she has changed her place to lay and is now escaping on a morning, laying under a bush (thankfully a lot nearer to her coop now). I have tried to keep her shut in the shed until around 11/12pm when she should have laid at 7/8am.... and all she had done was crossed her legs and hung on! I have never seen her run so fast to her laying spot, poor girl. I don't want to make her egg bound, and she is obviously very determined not to lay in the normal nest box but wait until she is allowed out. The new rules I'm worried are going to cause her internal harm I know it's not technically 'protocol' and we would be flouting the rules but would half an hour in a morning to her laying spot and then straight back, really risk things? Opinions please, and if I haven't made it obvious...she is a funny but difficult character! I would hate for her to damage herself by waiting and waiting to be let out, I really think she is so stubborn she would wait!
  5. Hi all, Thanks for your replies. Just a bit of an update really... Hen 1 seems less rattly after 3 days on the medicine. Not really sure what it is supposed to do but when she is on the nest/sunbathing (generally a bit squished) her breathing is definitely less like a purring cat. She has been this way for nearly a year now without getting worse or passing anything to the others so I really believe she isn't infectious or likely to get worse - just wanted to try and help her feel more comfortable. Saying that she is my oldest and still you'd think she was a young'un the way she runs around! Hen 2 is limping much less on the right foot. Not sure if the cushioning bandage for 2 days helped at all or not, but I've taken it off for tonight and will see if she is still much improved in the morning or limping again. Hen 3 has perked up too. Although she doesn't have the same gusto for life as the other 6, she is more interested in her surroundings now, and when let out to free range is pecking at the ground. Her vent is less green and she even joined the others in having some layers mash tonight and told the newbies where to go! I'm not sure she'll be fixed forever but just to see a bit of improvement makes me feel like it wasn't all wasted effort or prolonging her agony. I'll be sure to update if there are any more twists in the tale. Are Nutridrops something people have used with success in the past, or is it all coincidence? Thanks Goldie
  6. Hi all, I seem to have a plethora of poorly hens at the moment! The young girls are all fine, but the older ones are all suffering with different ailments. Hen 1 - 4 year old hybrid, has had rattly breathing for a few months now, finally got her 'Breathe Free' by Global farms? Has anyone tried this or had success? Hen 2 - 3 year old hybrid, is limping badly on one foot. At first I thought it was her left which has a slight patch of bumblefoot so have been using DAC cream on that. But it seems to be her right foot that she's limping on and holding up..without any evidence of anything wrong. No heat, no wound, no anything really but still a bad limp. I've put a small bandage on it for some cushioning, anything else you would do? Hen 3 - 3 year old hybrid. She isn't eating at all and has had green poos for about a week. She will however eat mealworms with voraciousness! Turning her nose up at pellets, mash and corn. Despite feeling really thin on her keel bone she seems to be quite chunky and hard around her lower abdomen which is unfortunately looking like she is heading the same way as a previous hen who had egg peritonitis. What do you think? Would you feed her mealworms in the hope of getting her appetite back? She also has a small bursa on her left outer toe which a year ago drained with pus and healed nicely. It looked to be rearing its head yesterday and with a small squeeze a hard tube of yellow pus came out. That has now been hibiscrubbed and bandaged with germolene and doesn't appear to be coming back. The last 2 hens are on NutriDrops to try and help pick them up. Any advice on any of the 3 hens would be good! Unfortunately no good poultry vets round here so trying to do all I can to keep them happy at home where it's less stressful. Thanks Goldie
  7. It's 2018, luvachicken. Got it from Spain (merca systems?), for about £12 inc P&P. Hoping it works over the next week or so.
  8. Just wanted to update this thread and everyone who gave advice. Daisy the original hen with the swelling has had an eventful week....her toe swelling turned into a burst abscess last weekend which I only had to touch to drain. Every day we have changed a bandage, done antibacterial baths and bandaged with antimicrobial powder and antibacterial creams. The swelling is much less pronounced now and the place it drained is nicely healed over. Good result hopefully! The other 2 chickens with bumblefoot are looking better as well. I applied the DAC bumblefoot cream last night to one hen, well today the scab was hanging off! So rather impressed with the cream to cause that reaction overnight...no scalpel needed! Will continue with the cream and hopefully it will continue to improve!
  9. Thanks all, No heat or redness, just as the pictures show. Not sure what a bursar is but I'm still not convinced that the original hen I asked about is bumblefoot. I will give the DAC cream a go as Lewis says. We will take it a day at a time. Antibiotics if needed...hopefully not! Thanks, Goldie
  10. Thank you mullethunter - that makes sense. Any idea how long for after treatment finishes? A week? A month? Is it just for the 3 chickens I will be treating, or all 6?
  11. Thank you Lewis for mentioning those names of drugs, I will look into getting the DAC one, the iodine I think unless we have the surgery I won't use. Luvachicken - yes they definitely enjoy ranging around our acre Lucky chickens, just a shame about this bumblefoot issue. If I could get the Tricide Neo (I have emailed an ebay seller who will ship to UK), is it worth using?? If the antibiotics are just a foot bath, are the eggs still edible? Thanks, Goldie
  12. Ok so pictures have been taken. And clothes are now in the wash!! Here is the hen I started the thread about. This is her base of toe swelling, no scab underneath. What do we think? Same hen Different hen and most typically Bumblefoot-ed. There are 2 scabs on this foot. Bad case? Another issue I'm thinking about this year which I haven't before..is these blighters currently dropping from the chestnut tree above, carpeting the ground with their deadly sharp needles. Anyone else contend with sweet chestnut cases? Finally, the gang pre-photoshoot, realising I have mealworms....
  13. Going to take a couple of pictures so you can see what we're dealing with on each of the hens. Then will work out where to go from there. Does antibiotics clear it up? I'm reading about all sorts of Epsom salt soaks, and 'Tricide neo' reads particularly well, but that is unavailable in the UK Perches have been lowered, I'll take a picture of those too, hopefully so you can assure me they're not going to cause more hens more problems...
  14. Yes in hindsight I think the perches have been too high as they do jump down with quite a bang. I am lowering them tonight to prevent any more hens getting it. Obviously I wouldn't like to think of them suffering and will be 'dealing' with them sadly I will look at the links, thank you. But after having seen a video of scalpel surgery without any anaesthetic I think that is much more barbaric than how the hen was feeling in the first place! More about perches then whilst I have a thread started.... I use rounded off square ones, some about 12 inches high, others about 18-20 inches off the ground. If they were lower is that ok? Better than being fully round?
  15. Hi, Thanks luvachicken for your reply. Unfortunately under further inspection, another 2 hens have got the typical scabs under their feet So it's likely that Daisy has it as well, despite no scab on her as yet. I reckon our perches have been too high Is there anything that can be done for them? Not sure about the antibiotic route as they are kept for eggs. Any ideas of how long the disease takes to progress to the point of pain? (none seem to be struggling to walk/perch yet). Obviously I wouldn't like the thought of them in pain. Thanks
  16. Hi all - So Daisy has had a swelling at the base of her toe for a while now, probably 6 months quite a small swelling, but now it is visibly increasing in size. Does Bumblefoot have to have a scab at the bottom? Ever since it first appeared it has never had any broken skin (and still no scab). Every thing I read suggests antibiotics to kill any pus/infection (there is none!) or a self-service operation of which I found the youtube video very disturbing! Anyone any advice on how to stop her swelling becoming bigger? It doesn't seem to bother her (at the moment). Is she likely to develop the scab? Or is it scab before swelling? Thanks, Goldie
  17. Hi, It's probably a bit difficult to see but the cage is up on bricks with air underneath, probably about a foot high. Definitely broody, she's all fluffed up like a turkey, and screams when I go to move her! Also today when I moved her out (she doesn't free range of her own accord, I have to move her so she'll poo! And then lock her out), she was collecting nesting material and throwing it onto her back. So we're obviously getting worse not better! Hmmm
  18. Should I be letting her out to free range at all? Given that she is her normal self when roaming around the garden with the others? Here she is being broody in her pen It's in the coop with the others so she is next to them at night and when they are feeding etc. Is it doing any good if she is broody in it? Tomorrow is Day 4. Thanks
  19. Hi, Ok, update is..she is still broody! I tried a cool pack (not ice), but she seemed to want to brood it..so took that out! Her behaviour is......if she's in the cage in the day, she is brooding on the mesh floor. Is it worthwhile keeping her in it? She may as well be on the nest How to proceed from here? If it's the day and she's inside, she's broody. If she's outside free-ranging, she's absolutely normal. Please help! Thanks for all suggestions so far Goldie
  20. Found some chicken wire so have put that over the bars to help her feet, and removed the wooden board. She is now 'brooding' on the mesh Any ideas?? Don't really want to leave her to it...
  21. Hi guys, Well Daisy has decided she would like to stay in the nest box all day and all night After a few days of turfing her off, blocking off the nest boxes at night etc, she is still all puffed up and clucking! She's now in a broody pen (dog crate), raised off the floor. I have had to put a 12 inch wooden board in the middle to help her feet as the wire is very hard and very wide apart. She has a perch and bowls in there, but seems to be sitting on the wooden board clucking! I really don't want to take this up for her feet's sake, she has a slight swelling on one toe already which I'm hoping doesn't turn into bumble foot.... But there's no point her being in the pen if it's not working. What's the best thing to do? Thanks Goldie
  22. Thanks for your reply, I will look into the Nettex. You are probably right that she is at the end of her laying, but as she is the friendliest hen I would be loathe to kill her when she is still producing eggs (albeit cracked!) and very happy with her free range life. All of the hens are not breaking the shells of the good eggs, just exploiting the one hen who does lay the tasty goods! We have created a roll-away nest box, hopefully even though broken, they will roll beyond reach. She didn't lay today (one of her very few days off), so will report back tomorrow if it worked!
  23. Hi guys, I'm having a few troubles with 1 particular hen who is constantly laying paper thin shells. She is an older hybrid, has laid (without any break!) for 3 years so far. Think it's taking its toll on her and every day we have a broken egg. The eggs are hard rather than being laid all jelly-like without a shell, but as they fall to the floor they break at the end, which means the girls immediately gobble up a nice treat! They've now got a taste for the eggs and all follow her in to the nest box awaiting their tasty treat They have layers pellets, extra mixed grit with oyster shell availiable, and no others have problems. So what can I do for her? One day I'm afraid it will break inside her Thanks, Goldie
  24. Will look into Bank end view then I'd heard of Storrs before but you jogged my memory! Mine are from Brackenholme at Selby, probably equal distance between them both but they just do the hybrids. Your Bluebell looks a little older from her comb, so not surprised she's ruling the roost! Loving the names My original girl Speckledy has just had a 'squaring up' to my new girl Snowdrop - who didn't back down!! Will be an interesting introduction... Keep us up to date with pics, and of your blue eggs when they arrive!
  25. They're all beautiful hens. Whereabouts in South Yorkshire did you get them? I'm in Doncaster and have just travelled to find my new girls (including a Bluebell too!). Love the Speckled sussex, and I hope you get some lovely blue eggs

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