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by thelma&louise
06 Jan 2013, 20:19
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Cornflake laid me her first egg!!
Replies: 8
Views: 365

Re: Cornflake laid me her first egg!!

Hi
Well done Cornflake. =D> I got the first egg of the year - well first since October - from my pekins today. I think it must be the mild weather. Most winters they don't start laying again until mid-February at the earliest.
by thelma&louise
24 Oct 2012, 20:27
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Snuffly hen - advice needed please
Replies: 5
Views: 739

Re: Snuffly hen - advice needed please

Hi I think generally you will need to take a hen for an initial consultation. I find the specialist poultry vets about half an hour away are much cheaper than our local vet. They recently charged me twenty five pounds in total for enough baytril to treat the whole flock and did swabs from the throat...
by thelma&louise
22 Oct 2012, 19:03
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Snuffly hen - advice needed please
Replies: 5
Views: 739

Re: Snuffly hen - advice needed please

I've kept a small flock of pekins for several years and I think some are very prone to sniffles and wheezes. If you don't notice any improvement with Respite, or there is deterioration, I would visit your vet and ask for Baytril (an antibiotic). You have to squirt it down their beaks with a syringe ...
by thelma&louise
27 Sep 2012, 12:50
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Scaly Legs
Replies: 4
Views: 484

Re: Scaly Legs

Try Ivermectin. Not expensive. You just need a few drops (depending on size) under feathers on back of neck. An additional bonus is that it kills lice and mites and isn't messy. But the downside is that you can't eat the eggs for 7 days after treatment.
by thelma&louise
27 Sep 2012, 12:41
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Virginia Creeper - poisonous?
Replies: 3
Views: 940

Re: Virginia Creeper - poisonous?

Hi
I've got 6 bantams and they have grazed all the leaves that they can reach from our virginia creeper with no ill effects.

I wouldn't worry!
by thelma&louise
22 Sep 2012, 14:43
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Broody Hen Problems
Replies: 3
Views: 380

Re: Broody Hen Problems

I have a little black and white pekin hen that is broody an awful amount of time. I have a broody cage but it still takes nearly a week to break the broodiness and by that time she has lost a lot of weight. I give her meaty cat food, just a teaspoonful a couple of times a day, and she picks up and h...
by thelma&louise
17 Jul 2012, 08:44
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Worms / dirty bum
Replies: 19
Views: 1183

Re: Worms / dirty bum

Had a similar long-term infection with a little pekin which wandered into a friends garden. She still coughs and sneezes a bit 8 weeks after the initial infection but the poultry vet in Retford suggested cat food or raw mince to give her extra protein. She loves both of these and has really filled o...
by thelma&louise
14 Jul 2012, 18:57
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Secret egg stash!
Replies: 4
Views: 240

Re: Secret egg stash!

17 is our record - in a bag of straw destined for the rabbits. Only discovered when top hen got stuck in the bag and toppled off the shelf trying to free herself. Other hens lined up on stable door to watch the commotion. I suspect 3 hens had contributed to the stash as there had been 3 eggs fewer t...
by thelma&louise
26 Jun 2012, 22:18
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Synulox
Replies: 1
Views: 782

Synulox

My daughter has two hens who have been on baytril for a week for wet sounding wheezes. Unfortunately one died today. Now have synulox drops but have been told to give 2ml twice daily which seems an awful lot given the size of the bottle. Does anyone know if this is the correct dosage? I might phone ...
by thelma&louise
26 Jun 2012, 22:13
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Antibiotics don't seem to be helping
Replies: 5
Views: 342

Re: Antibiotics don't seem to be helping

Got similar problems with two of our hens. Both have had baytril for one week but today the one with the worst symptoms died. Been back to vet and now have palatable synulox drops. Let's hope these work - my daughter is about to give up on hens.
by thelma&louise
23 Jun 2012, 12:16
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Missing eggs?
Replies: 7
Views: 307

Re: Missing eggs?

I found 17 eggs yesterday in a bag full of hay for the rabbits which the hens had forced their way into. I knew I was short of eggs and looked everywhere in the garden - all the usual places but never thought of the hay bag which is on a top shelf in the shed. I'm surprised they didn't suffocate in ...
by thelma&louise
05 Jun 2012, 18:49
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Behavioural change in the coop
Replies: 12
Views: 634

Re: Behavioural change in the coop

Hi I agree with the comments about the broody cage being the best way to break broodiness. I've got 5 pekin hens and they regularly go broody. A couple of days (& nights) in the cage which is in-sight of the others sorts them every time. One of my hens which was given to me when she was found trying...
by thelma&louise
14 May 2012, 10:35
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Flock Sickness
Replies: 25
Views: 763

Re: Flock Sickness

Hi I use the poultry vets in Retford, north Notts. Initial consultation cost £12 and large bottle of Baytril - enough for 1 weeks treatment of all hens - was £23. I also had about half a bottle left which has a shelf-life of about 4 months, but apparently even after this time it loses very little po...
by thelma&louise
13 May 2012, 22:06
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Flock Sickness
Replies: 25
Views: 763

Re: Flock Sickness

I've tried some Mintamix (a herbal remedy) from a friend - I believe he bought it on the internet - for a couple of buff pekins who seem to have a perpetual wheeze. They have improved over a week and you can no longer hear them wheezing when you go near the coop at night. We have had several courses...
by thelma&louise
06 May 2012, 07:42
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Help I think I have a egg bound hen
Replies: 5
Views: 513

Re: Help I think I have a egg bound hen

Had another thought. If she were truly eggbound then she wouldn't be able to poo because the egg blocks the vent completely. So either the egg is higher up the oviduct or there is some other cause (like going broody) for her behaviour.