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by chrismahon
Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Chronic Respiratory Disease?
Replies: 22
Views: 424

Re: Chronic Respiratory Disease?

Aubiose is very dusty in my experience, so we only used it in the damp Winters. Sounds like a respiratory irritation, rather than any disease, although it could be inherent in her and triggered by any dust in the environment- a problem we've had repeatedly in the past. Forget the ammonia theory- tak...
by chrismahon
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Poorly chuck
Replies: 49
Views: 804

Re: Poorly chuck

Seems likely that she was ill because of something she ate Hip Chick. We had a run of sick bantams which was traced to eating caterpillars which crawled into their run- only found out when I saw one eaten and the hen was ill the next morning. Go easy on the apples as they have natural sugars which c...
by chrismahon
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Poorly chuck
Replies: 49
Views: 804

Re: Poorly chuck

Chickens get hay fever surprisingly- results in a lot of sneezing. We've had several this year with pollen from the trees and treated them with a single 1mL shot of cod liver oil. This gives the immune system a boost and definitely works for us. A runny nose can be a residue of mycoplasma. I read ha...
by chrismahon
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Poorly chuck
Replies: 49
Views: 804

Re: Poorly chuck

Just a point about Avipro Avian. It is important that this probiotic isn't used at the same time as antibiotics because it drastically reduces the effectiveness of the course- something we realised too late a few years back. Wait three days after the antibiotics are completed before starting on AA. ...
by chrismahon
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Poorly chuck
Replies: 49
Views: 804

Re: Poorly chuck

Stretching here neck and yawning can be gapeworm, but that's unlikely. More likely is some solid lump in her crop which she is moving about to break up or dry food stuck in her throat. Make sure she is drinking plenty of water, especially when it is hot weather.
by chrismahon
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Poorly chuck
Replies: 49
Views: 804

Re: Poorly chuck

That foamy poo is typical of a bird with possibly hair worms- so tiny they are almost invisible to the naked eye. But they alone shouldn't pose a big problem. The temperatures are not helping at the moment I know, but there could be more than one thing going on here and usually is in my experience. ...
by chrismahon
Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Poorly chuck
Replies: 49
Views: 804

Re: Poorly chuck

Did she have a full crop this morning Hip Chick? It should be empty. When was she last wormed with Flubenvet? At the moment the important thing is she drinks- food isn't important and is best avoided until we have an idea of the problem.
by chrismahon
Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Rain !!!
Replies: 91
Views: 1670

Re: Rain !!!

We have a Golden Oriole flying around us. Recognise the call as we had one at the rental, but it's difficult to see here because of the trees. No rain for at least a week. Apparently we have 36C and completely clear skies due from Thursday to Monday so it looks like 5 days of hosing the runs. SC is ...
by chrismahon
Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Rain !!!
Replies: 91
Views: 1670

Re: Rain !!!

I used to puzzle why the locals were in jackets whilst we were in tee shirts when holidaying in France Hen-Gen. Now I know. You get used to operating within a certain temperature range and it takes time to adjust. A pleasant 31C this afternoon and tomorrow but no more rain unfortunately. See from th...
by chrismahon
Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: nature notes
Replies: 103
Views: 3540

Re: nature notes

Yesterday we had a bright red Tiger Moth (not the plane) flying around and this morning had an Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar on the step in front of the garage, which was quickly moved before the chickens ate it. Hopefully we'll see the pink moth- last time I saw one was in Derby 50 years ago.

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