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by chrismahon
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Pests & Predators
Topic: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house
Replies: 50
Views: 545

Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

They sound like some kind of midge- on hot days here we can get huge clouds of them. I'm certain it has nothing to do with poultry. They must be eating something local and Eucalyptus sap is a possibility?
by chrismahon
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: New Brexit stamps out tomorrow!
Replies: 16
Views: 289

Re: New Brexit stamps out tomorrow!

Sure our Dutch neighbours will find those very funny Marigold. Way things are going here it might be Frexit next, so perhaps the longbow will be replaced by a crossbow?
by chrismahon
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Pests & Predators
Topic: Fly strike- our first case
Replies: 14
Views: 389

Re: Fly strike- our first case

Well Ruby is still with us and improving daily. As is usual the digestive impaction cleared when she had lost half her body weight. The scabs have shrunk to less than half their original size and she spends all day wandering about foraging in the garden for bugs rather than eating pellets. She's dec...
by chrismahon
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Vetark Zolcal D
Replies: 12
Views: 244

Re: Vetark Zolcal D

I've heard of Zocal D being prescribed by a vet and used with success on ex-batts, although there is no guarantee it will always work. The egg shell forming process is very complicated as the Calcium is eaten in the feed, stored in the bones and is then transferred to the egg shell when required. To...
by chrismahon
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Comfrey
Replies: 8
Views: 281

Re: Comfrey

You can use nettle leaves for feed the same way LadyA.
by chrismahon
Sat May 26, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Pests & Predators
Topic: Fly strike- our first case
Replies: 14
Views: 389

Re: Fly strike- our first case

We have culled too early in the past. Now we have the knowledge we are much more careful to give them a chance. There is a technique to shifting blockage- knowing that they must keep moving and they can go without any food for over two weeks. So very important to make sure they get water constantly-...
by chrismahon
Sat May 26, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Pests & Predators
Topic: Fly strike- our first case
Replies: 14
Views: 389

Re: Fly strike- our first case

An update, before I return to England for a few days- a week away with all the driving. Ruby isn't making that much progress on account of her digestive problem. The wounds are very slow to heal because she isn't getting food, but her bottom is being washed twice a day to keep it clean and fly free....
by chrismahon
Thu May 17, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: Duck egg EMERGENCY!
Replies: 4
Views: 179

Re: Duck egg EMERGENCY!

I've never been able to candle an egg with that detail Metapuns, but the chick will have its head under one wing and the dark area may be the large beak. All you can do is wait. I'm not sure if they can stand such a high temperature, even for a short period, so it may be bad news unfortunately.
by chrismahon
Tue May 15, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: Duck egg scare! Help! (bad news)
Replies: 5
Views: 193

Re: Duck egg scare! Help!

Should be as 27C isn't that cold so the lamp wasn't off for long. Normal for the mother to leave the nest to feed and let the eggs cool off- some incubators shut down deliberately to mimic that natural condition.
by chrismahon
Sun May 13, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Pests & Predators
Topic: Fly strike- our first case
Replies: 14
Views: 389

Re: Fly strike- our first case

Unfortunately the lump is pretty solid MrsBiscuit so no chance of intervention. She's also very difficult to give water to but she's had Cod liver Oil and regular massaging. She might be blocked with last years cherry stones? Yes, Orpingtons are difficult to pick up- seems their centre of gravity is...

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