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by chickenfan
Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Large neck growth
Replies: 1
Views: 162

Large neck growth

My lovely 7 year old Marans hen Grace has had a large growth near her crop like a tennis ball for over a year. She has remained very cheerful and well, but is now pulling out her feathers over the growth, which may be a little bigger, so I imagine it feels tight or uncomfortable in some way. I just ...
by chickenfan
Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: treating fox bites
Replies: 11
Views: 1360

Re: treating fox bites

Well, we've been to the poultry vet and Toffee is doing fine. Manuka honey was a good choice and she has no infection and no sign of internal injuries, just an adrenalin response which is making her quiet. I am to carry on with Manuka honey mixed 50% with Aloe vera gel twice a day and a multivitamin...
by chickenfan
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: treating fox bites
Replies: 11
Views: 1360

Re: treating fox bites

Having been very perky for a couple of days, she is depressed today, although she is eating.
by chickenfan
Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: treating fox bites
Replies: 11
Views: 1360

Re: treating fox bites

I would really appreciate some advice as I think the wounds may be going septic. Her skin looks a bit moist, although the bites are dry. Do I wash her extensively/ cut off her feathers around wounds? I will take her to the vet tomorrow
by chickenfan
Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: treating fox bites
Replies: 11
Views: 1360

Re: treating fox bites

Her bites and wounds seem to be drying up just on the manuka honey. I've not yet founds any chlorhexedine, but perhaps she will manage. She spends a lot of time resting and I have her indoors in a catbox for most of the day. I hope she will be OK. She looks bright enough, but is just sitting down mo...
by chickenfan
Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: treating fox bites
Replies: 11
Views: 1360

Re: treating fox bites

Thank you Shadrach for this detailed advice. She does have more bite wounds and tears to her skin than I realised and one wing looks a bit sore. I had thought she was OK as she was running around after she was dropped by the fox. At the moment I've put manuka honey on the bites and given her some me...
by chickenfan
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: treating fox bites
Replies: 11
Views: 1360

treating fox bites

One of my birds was not in her pen and got caught by a fox tonight but fortunately rescued by my dog who chased the fox when we heard her making a noise. She has lost quite a lot of feathers from her back and one of her wings and has one or two fairly deep bite wounds on her back but otherwise looks...
by chickenfan
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: chicken caught by fox and rescued by my dog
Replies: 2
Views: 356

chicken caught by fox and rescued by my dog

I didn't realise one of my birds was not in the pen tonight and she has just been caught by a fox, but as we heard her screeching, the fox was chased by my dog and dropped her. She has lost quite a few feathers from her back and wings and has one or two deep bite wounds but otherwise looks OK, altho...
by chickenfan
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: barely conscious hen
Replies: 14
Views: 1699

Re: barely conscious hen

I'm no longer sure about the whole process of putting animals to sleep. Most people in poor countries (especially women) die with no medication and often in pain, but no-one ever asks to be shot (people often have guns for hunting) to be put out of their misery. Death is obviously extremely difficul...
by chickenfan
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: barely conscious hen
Replies: 14
Views: 1699

Re: barely conscious hen

Thankyou all. Cathy looked very bright after her crop op last Monday and she was expected to recover, but must have had another problem lower down. I thought long and hard about the offer to have her shot, but as she is barely conscious and looks comfortable, she is dying naturally in my kitchen lik...

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