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by RichmondHens
Tue May 30, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: 4.5 year old ex-batt slow, lethargic, not eating
Replies: 17
Views: 3472

Re: 4.5 year old ex-batt slow, lethargic, not eating

Combs tend to go darker or a purply colour when there are heart problems. The shrivelling comb is most likely due to hormonal changes brought about by her general poorliness and as you suspect, it may be another sign that she is nearing the end.
by RichmondHens
Tue May 30, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: 4.5 year old ex-batt slow, lethargic, not eating
Replies: 17
Views: 3472

Re: 4.5 year old ex-batt slow, lethargic, not eating

I think you've half answered your own questions. The heat will certainly have affected her to an extent, and if she is eating only cucumber and also drinking lots then her poo will change accordingly, as will the feel of her crop. But as you well know 4.5 is a good age for an ex batt and I would be ...
by RichmondHens
Mon May 29, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Welcome and Forum Rules
Topic: Hello from Bulgaria
Replies: 19
Views: 3831

Re: Hello from Bulgaria

Have you dusted the birds themselves with DE? It is worth slathering them thoroughly from head to toe rubbing well into the skin then even if there are a few residual mites in the housing and they make it onto the bird they will be put off by the DE on the bird itself. If you don't mind your eggs ge...
by RichmondHens
Mon May 29, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Waterfowl Forum
Topic: Prolapsed Phallus
Replies: 9
Views: 2645

Re: Prolapsed Phallus

Thanks. I got back late last night and this morning have put the spare boy in with the "widows". All seems ok so far. May have fun and games tonight when they have to share the same shed but we'll see .... He's better off with them than squabbling with his father which is what he has been doing all ...
by RichmondHens
Thu May 25, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Daft videos, this time it's geese.
Replies: 6
Views: 1502

Re: Daft videos, this time it's geese.

Wonderful. Traditionally, to get geese to market, I believe they first dipped their feet in tar for protection and then walked them here, sometimes over quite long distances. I wonder if the geese had to be imprinted for this to work, also the ones in the video? Not necessarily. If they are food tr...
by RichmondHens
Thu May 25, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Waterfowl Forum
Topic: Prolapsed Phallus
Replies: 9
Views: 2645

Re: Prolapsed Phallus

We did the deed last night and he is now buried in the orchard. :( Girls appear unfazed by his absence so far. I am going away for a few days and will introduce the spare gander when I am back.
by RichmondHens
Thu May 25, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: I'm getting ready!!
Replies: 22
Views: 3012

Re: I'm getting ready!!

How exciting for you. Glad you feel ready to have hens again. :)
by RichmondHens
Tue May 23, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Chickens today, they don't know they're born.
Replies: 13
Views: 1974

Re: Chickens today, they don't know they're born.

I want to build a compost loo like John Seymour's ....... :)
by RichmondHens
Tue May 23, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Waterfowl Forum
Topic: Prolapsed Phallus
Replies: 9
Views: 2645

Re: Prolapsed Phallus

He doesn't appear to be in lots of pain, more likely just uncomfortable. With his head in a bucket of corn at tea time I managed to have a bit of a feel with one hand - feels like a rather firm blancmange - but definitely not easily put back-able I think. He tolerated this quite well, turning round ...
by RichmondHens
Tue May 23, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: sex ratio
Replies: 6
Views: 1681

Re: sex ratio

That's pretty rotten luck MF.
I have 15 pullets 14 cockerels so far - pretty much par for the course!

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