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Re: Impaction

Post by rick » Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:43 am

She is very bright and vocal this morning :D Completely empty crop.
I've emailed the vet to ask how soon I can stop giving the antibiotics.
Such a relief to have a recovery for a change! Thanks everyone. In hindsight (which is always a wonderful thing) it does look like it was a stomach paralysis rather than a physical blockage.
I'm sure Bonnie and the CLBs will have a more mixed reaction to the news - they have been enjoying the status of top perchers the past couple of days.
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Re: Impaction

Post by Marigold » Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:00 pm

That's good news, Rick, well done.
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Re: Impaction

Post by rick » Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:15 pm

Aerial is tweeting @rottonmouseeater or #sillychicken (my fault really, I suspect)
Got a proper feeder today with a hopper and separators so not so much is flicked on the floor.
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Re: Impaction

Post by valeriebutterley » Thu Nov 16, 2017 7:24 am

Always lovely to have a happy ending, Rick, Great news.
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Re: Impaction

Post by chrismahon » Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:21 am

Pleased to hear that Rick. As you say it sounds like swelling or paralysis could be to blame and the medication has turned her around.

Worth mentioning that in this part of France it is extremely rare to find a 'chicken friendly' vet in our experience, simply because no-one here has 'pet' chickens. Whilst plenty of people keep chickens in their gardens they don't get emotionally attached to them- they are just there for eggs. There is only one vet we have heard about who claims to know about chickens, but being an hour away and with a consultation fee of €60 we won't be trying him out. This means that x-rays and medication are not available to us and the only way we can keep on top of ailments is to spot them very early indeed. This means poo picking every day, crop checking morning and night and talking to them all to make sure they talk back- not talking is the earliest sign of illness.
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Re: Impaction

Post by rick » Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:59 pm

I have to say, while the facilities were available, the advice from the vet this time around was not particularly good and i wasn't convinced that they actually understood that she was more than a little under the weather. The chicken person has left the practice. The advice here of ways to move crop impactions and not feeding until it is clear (and the reassurance that is the right thing to do) was much more useful.
I'm going to try Bonnie's weight problem on the Avonvale vet in Kenilworth as I had heard before that he is a proper chicken buff (as well as being a vet.)
... In the meanwhile and after reading around about chicken weight (mostly re broilers putting on weight) it has occurred to me that she may not be getting enough exercise (to build muscle and so weight)? My experiment with little or no auboise in the run and daily sweeping up has worked in a way but this week have put down a new deep layer. They have to root through it energetically to find the scratch which is a benefit I hadn't thought about lately.
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Re: Impaction

Post by dinosaw » Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:47 pm

Good to hear this has ended well.
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