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  1. mullethunter

    Sort of wheezy and lacking appetite after broody spell

    Will do and I know there’s a good chance this will be the first difficulty of many with Duck. Would you recommend Beryls or something different?
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    Sort of wheezy and lacking appetite after broody spell

    I’d say she’s a little brighter today Thankyou. She’s eaten quite a lot of mealworms, a few sunflower hearts and some mixed corn. Not enough but more than yesterday. I’m not counting any chickens yet but I am crossing my fingers.
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    I think if it’s Tylan soluble it’s usually half a gram (so 0.5 rather than 0.05) per litre https://www.viovet.co.uk/Tylan-Antibiotic/c323/
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    Sort of wheezy and lacking appetite after broody spell

    That’s a very profound statement! I did take her to the vets in the end. She said she’s got a bit of a temperature and a slight wheeze so has given me anti-inflammatories and antibiotics to inject for 5 days. We’ll see how we go...
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    Sort of wheezy and lacking appetite after broody spell

    I did get some nutri drops into her this evening - thanks. Having been hand reared she’s just the friendliest little soul ever - the most ‘pet-like’ of chickens ive ever had. Isn’t it always the way!? I fear you’re right DM 😥
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    Sort of wheezy and lacking appetite after broody spell

    Ok. I actually have some Tylan soluble so I may just start her on that in the morning as she’s still drinking properly
  7. Duck the pekin is just over one and has a week ago come out of her first broody spell which lasted about a week. She’s a ‘special’ chicken having hatched with a curled foot which I had to tape flat, and I suspect she might be generally physically twisted / not straight as one of her wings is often at a slightly odd angle so it’s possible nothing in her little body is straight. As soon as she stopped being broody she seemed not quite right - just not as lively as usual. Then the last few days she’s been becoming less interested in food - will still eat some treats (sunflower hearts, egg etc) but not really corn and I don’t think she’s eating pellets. She seems fairly ‘happy’ just a bit less energetic and ‘chatty’ than normal and her poos are very small today (more so than yesterday when they were still relatively normal) but she is quite wheezy and seems to feel the need to wipe her beak after almost every beak full as if trying to clear it. She’s been a bit wheezy for a long time. I know ‘take her to the vet’ is probably a standard response but I think this is so non-specific that the only co structure thing they’d be likely to do is give her antibiotics if she has a temperature. Anyone have any ideas?
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    New keeper, first time chicken problem!

    I think 1% ivermectin will treat this too but again it’s not licensed for chickens in the uk - I have recently used it to successfully treat scaley leg mites. I’d recommend going to see a vet first too.
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    Clotted Cream

    How has it turned out?
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    Top of eglu ripped off overnight

    If it was a person - I despair. Unbelievably it does sound like it though. I can’t imagine how else those exact combination of things could’ve occurred. Unless I suppose an animal ripped the lid off, got caught up in the ‘excitement’ of the birds, killed them by shaking them thereby breaking their necks and was then disturbed and ran off. Not sure which scenario is less likely...
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    Top of eglu ripped off overnight

    It is strange that the eggs haven’t been taken
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    The Weather Thread #9

    We’ve had what’s felt like quite a lot of rain the last week or so and all the water butts are full, but I’ve just dug the first lot of potatoes since last weekend and the ground is still very dry once you get deeper than 6 inches or so.
  13. Scrambled eggs I’m in Cornwall. There are quite a few breeders in west Devon. I bought my first 4 girls as POL from ‘Al’s Eggs n more’ in Tavistock. They’ve been excellent. I’ve also bought hatching eggs from Taylormade Poultry in Ivybridge ( not the absolute best set up ever but they have lots of choice and certainly much better than buying from auction. I’ve also seen that a breeder called ‘Hen House Farm’ sells POL hens at Tavistock Mole Valley on Saturdays. The auction I was talking about above was Holsworthy.
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    The Weather Thread #9

    I HATE strong winds. It’s been pretty bad today, luckily the worst that’s happened here is a load of pears have been blown off the tree. We haven’t had any thunder or lightning and I’m a bit miffed about that.
  15. I have bought from auction - thoroughly enjoyed the process at the time, but I had mixed success and don’t think I’d do it again. I bought 3 cages - 2 Plymouth Rock bantam pullets; 3 Dutch bantam pullets; 1 gold Sablepoot bantam. Within a few hours of getting home, the Sablepoot bantam started to look very pale and sickly and I discovered it had previously had a broken toe which was very deformed. I isolated it, fed regular nutri-drops for a few days and got it eating good quality pellets and drinking water with tonic in. Turned into a beautiful, healthy, friendly Sablepoot COCKEREL!!!!! Also within a day or two one of the Plymouth Rocks started to become very sneezy and her beak bunged up with mucus. I ended up taking her to the vet who couldn’t confidently diagnose anything but suspected mycoplasma and gave antibiotics (which I put all the new stock on as they were sharing adjacent runs). Sadly she died the next day - luckily none of the others ever exhibited he same symptoms. The Dutch bantams were all healthy and are now lovely little hens. So having come home with 6, I ended up with 4 (the lovely Sablepoot cockerel had to go and live with more rural friends), and I actually count myself lucky that whatever ailed the cockerel and killed the Plymouth Rock doesn’t seem to have been passed to the rest of my flock. Lesson learned I think - if you can get to know local breeders and see their hens before you buy, that’s probably a better bet.