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by rick
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Linseed oil for internal painting of coops ?
Replies: 6
Views: 504

Re: Linseed oil for internal painting of coops ?

Diatomaceous earth looks similar to lime. Hydrated lime is truly horrendous stuff to breath in. (I'm sure you meant DE Dorkings.)
If you have a steam cleaner that is perfect - it gets everywhere easily and will obliterate the lot with just water.
by rick
Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: This is heartening
Replies: 7
Views: 296

Re: This is heartening

Couldn't agree more all round. But we are an unusual bunch! (on the cutting edge of chicken welfare.) The numbers always send me reeling - 1 billion broilers in the supply chain, living for 10 weeks maybe? so something like 4 or 5 billion a year going through. What will be annoying is the inevitable...
by rick
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: This is heartening
Replies: 7
Views: 296

This is heartening

RSPCA reports KFC signing up - "We're 'thrilled' as KFC commits to improving chicken welfare" https://www.rspca.org.uk/whatwedo/latest/blogs/details/-/articleName/rspca-thrilled-as-kfc-commits-to-improving-chicken-welfare?utm_source=Buzz&utm_medium=email&utm_content=news_text&utm_campaign=Buzz%20Jul...
by rick
Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Poorly Peckford - Any ideas please?
Replies: 56
Views: 5266

Re: Poorly Peckford - Any ideas please?

But I don't think anyone other than industry use an Mg vaccine (under licence.)(and I can only see reference to use in the USA) https://www.msdvetmanual.com/poultry/mycoplasmosis/mycoplasma-gallisepticum-infection-in-poultry The vaccinated birds become carriers but that's OK because they will never ...
by rick
Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Poorly Peckford - Any ideas please?
Replies: 56
Views: 5266

Re: Poorly Peckford - Any ideas please?

Are chickens from small breeders vaccinated for mycoplasma Marigold? Mareks yes, but I don't see any mention of Mg vaccination out there other than in big industry. I think just a few birds have a weak resistance to the not usually pathogenic strains (for some reason) - like Betty who had it when I ...
by rick
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Poorly Peckford - Any ideas please?
Replies: 56
Views: 5266

Re: Poorly Peckford - Any ideas please?

We need a <3 button on this forum (don't you think!) It seems a lot like the new hens brought an aggressive strain of mycoplasma in with them - unfortunately. I might be wrong - usually am! How many of your birds have shown no symptoms and sailed trough the troubles? (they are likely to be resistant...
by rick
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Poorly Peckford - Any ideas please?
Replies: 56
Views: 5266

Re: Poorly Peckford - Any ideas please?

Ooops!
by rick
Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Poorly Peckford - Any ideas please?
Replies: 56
Views: 5266

Re: Poorly Peckford - Any ideas please?

Glad to hear it all sounds so positive. Chickens have an incredible immune system (they need it) but are also very high performance in the respiratory department. All birds are (well most) with their air sacs, pump through lungs, hollow bones etc. It means that a respiratory infection can spread alm...
by rick
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Ospreys 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 5725

Re: Ospreys 2019

Thank goodness for these two lovely girls, helicoptering and just about to fledge.
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by rick
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Poorly Peckford - Any ideas please?
Replies: 56
Views: 5266

Re: Poorly Peckford - Any ideas please?

Wow! I don't think anyone will have seen that coming! His symptoms have been dire! Nothing special required - good quality layers pellets made into mash, some yogurt to help with healthy gut bacteria (they will have been totally wiped out), some cabbage, a bit of scrambled egg is always a good pick ...

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