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About SueChick

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    Eglu Classic
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  1. Is this Vent Gleet?

    Thank you - that’s great. Never heard of cankers but I have a vet appointment tonight to see if I can get an antifungal prescribed so I will ask him/her to check her throat too. My usual vet wants to check via a sample to see if there is Candida (thrush) present but if there is she won’t prescribe anything anyway so what’s the point of spending money to get the test done? If this vet will prescribe I will get it tested but I have already spent in excess of £80 trying to get to the bottom of it! (Sorry for the pun!). 4 vet visits and we aren’t really much further forward. I have bought canesten but I’m scared to use it as my vet said I could overdose her? Also really worried as what will happen re fly strike when we are away this summer if she is still like this and I’m not here to wash her off daily? Wow am I stressed about this one! UPDATE Took Hope to a new vet today and he was really good. He thinks it may still be a low grade infection rather than vent gleet because it’s not smelly like gleet is. That being said because we are going with more antibiotics (a more appropriate dose than we were given before) he is protecting her gut with an anti-fungal and when she is off the antibiotics, I have some friendly bacteria to treat her with - in fact I will do the whole flock anyway because once it’s opened you have to chuck it away if it’s not used and good bacteria is good for all my hens - especially my other rescue. thanks for your replies and I will keep you posted on the results.
  2. I really need some help from anyone out there with experience with vent gleet please. I have had chooks for 12 years now and this is a new one on me! 5 weeks ago I collected two rescues hens from the BHWT (ex-“free-range”). They were skinny and partially bald as expected but I thought they were otherwise fine. One had a runny bottom so I thought oh dear worms or stress or something and set about worming they and settling them in which they did really well. However the bottom didn’t clear up. It was red swollen around the vent and ran what looked like liquid poo down her bare red bottom (sorry but graphic!). Anyway, to cut a long story short after quite a few vet trips she has now been treated with antibiotics and anti-inflammatories as well as being tested for worms and coccidiosis (both clear). But still we have the yucky bottom! I bath it and squirt purple spray on it daily or every other day but we aren’t winning. So then I called the BHWT for advice and they suggested it was vent gleet and suggested I used canesten. I wanted back up if my vet before doing this but she wouldn’t give it because it’s a human drug which I understand but she also won’t prescribe a Chicken anti-fungal. I am not sure why. Lots of people have used nystatin given by their vets but mine won’t and I think she needs an internal anti fungal as well as topical as I don’t want it escalating to sour crop too. Todag I am going to do the Epsom salad bath to soak off the yuck and apply some canesten just on the skin until I get some vet and/or chicken people’s advice. What do you think? Here is a photo - sorry it’s yucky!
  3. Thank you for the great suggestions. The only issue is that when I have tried to do this before it has set up a bit of stumbling panic around the eglu and scared the life out of me because I thought someone would get hurt. I will give it a go though if you think sleeping together is a help towards calmer intros? Then it would worth a bit of a flap around? What do you think? Really appreciate the help thanks.
  4. Hi - it has been ages since I have posted in here and it’s so good to be back! I am really excited to be getting my first rescue hens ever! I have had hens from point of lay for about 10 years now and so I finally feel able to take on some rescue ladies and it feels lovely to be doing my bit. I am concerned though about the inevitable intro fights. I am able to keep them separate easily enough though but my old ladies (age 4 and 5) will have to sleep and lay in a cat box in the walk in walk run with access to the garden as the new ladies will be in the eglu classic with the run attached. However, the lady from the rescue centre said sleeping together at night would be fine and I’m wondering whether to do this as it would keep my old ladies warmer instead of the cat box. If I do let them sleep together however, how on earth do I manage to extract the old ladies from the eglu classic without the new ladies coming out and a big fight enusing?!? Sleeping together would be a great idea as I know I will be worrying about my ladies every time the weather drops over night! Any ideas please would be much appreciated.
  5. Can Chickens Eat Gourds

    Mine love the pumpkins and eat it all up But I was just worried about feeding them the gourds? Are they safe?
  6. After a lovely trip to the pumpkin farm we are well and truly stocked up! Unfortunately the kids picked some gourds (misshapen and "Ooops, word censored!"bly small pumpkins) which the sign at the farm said were non edible. Does this mean just for us people or can the chicks eat them up for us? They certainly love the big pumpkins!
  7. Trying to dust bathe on the lawn!!

    I am not surprised she was trying to bath in a little bit of soil - mine are just the same - I caught one of my ladies dust bathing in literally a sprinkling of soil on the patio! Her sister was bathing in the soil around the acer tree which is in a huge pot and as the spills of soil landed below her on the patio Maggie was frantically gathering it up to dust in it! I wouldn't mind but I have made them a lovely dust bath in their run with especially bought play sand in it! Cheek!
  8. Adding chickens!! PLEASE HELP

    Good replies above - I would second the WIR idea. I had three girls in a 3 meter run and I had all sorts of feather pecking issues which is so hard to stop even when they move into a walk in run - it's like finger-nail biting! I love my set up now but if I'm truly honest I wish I had gone for a WIR and never bought the original omlet tunnel run - I have had three different generations of chooks overlapping each other for the last 7 years and they have taught each other the awful feather pecking habit which I am still battling to remove. Hope this helps.
  9. What to Grow for Quick Pecking

    Thanks a lot for your suggestions - I hadn't though of cut/grow again lettuce - is that what it's called in the shops? Sunflower seeds sound interesting too - did you mean planting the seeds and letting them eat the shoots or growing them on a lot further? I did think of cress as that is very quick - do they like cress? Thanks for your help.
  10. I was tempted by this ornate plantar today and couldn't resist buying it for my ladies! Not spoilt at all! My mad thought process was that it would look lovely but also supply a good way for them to peck at a plant but not be able to dig out the roots - only problem is that I don't know what to grow out of it! Something quite fast growing I guess and something that they love to eat of course! Any ideas please?
  11. Are Cochins Shy

    Handbags that's exactly what they are like at intro time!
  12. Boy or Girl? Bantam Araucana

    Yes I have found my Geeno blue to be a slow maturer - she is a hybrid from an aracuana and white star - and didn't until about 24/5 weeks old. That's the longest I've ever had to wait for an egg but my pretty blue eggs are worth it!
  13. Honestly this year is challenging me with new problems all the time. This time is a Huge slug problem in the grubs - I have thrown down loads of bird grit to reduce the problem and it works for a while but this morning all the pellets were absolutely covered in yucky slug slime! The girls were eating them as usual and now I'm worried if this is dangerous for them? Do other people have this issue? What should I do?
  14. Leaving eglu door open at night

    My coop directly accesses an omlet WIR so I don't need to worry about horrible Mr Fox (thank God) when they are inside the run - I am guessing that the other people who leave their doors open have a similarly safe set up for the early morning.
  15. Leaving eglu door open at night

    Hi - I leave mine open only in spring and autumn. In the summer dawn is too early and they started getting clucky at 5 am! Poor neighbors. In the winter I like to keep them all cosy so I shut them in. Hope this helps.