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compacted crop PLEASE HEL...
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Always worth a go.
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SLW Cockerel
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Harkamectin.
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Best of Chums - 3 brother...
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new birds
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  Shetlands
Posted by: Teazel - 21-09-2017, 08:42 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (1)

My black Shetland (sister to Oddball) is often trying to mate the other hens.   She does lay a few eggs, about 6 and then stops.   She doesnt lay for ages, then moults, lays another 6 eggs or so and stops again.       Any ideas?

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  Chickenmum
Posted by: zenith - 16-09-2017, 07:40 AM - Forum: Test Messages (deleted weekly) - Replies (3)

Happy Birthday I hope you have a lovely day  Smile

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  compacted crop PLEASE HELP
Posted by: Sparky - 04-09-2017, 07:01 PM - Forum: Feeding & Health Care - Replies (6)

Hi all

One of my hens seem to have this.  I have searched and read the other threads re compacted crop but none seem exactly the same so I thought I would ask opinions.

So history is that she had what I thought was hiccups from mid week (although not all the time) Before that she had really runny poo and I had them on morning mash with bio yog in the hope of clearing it.  On Saturday I noticed that her crop looked deformed.  I tried massaging it yesterday.  Today I have segregated her and when massaging this morning syringed some water in to her.  I have not given her any food today at all.  Tonight the crop was slightly less big.  Again water and massaging.  This does seem to leave her gasping for air.

Is avipro any good.  Different websites say different things - like starving but she is one of my new thuringians and not big to start with I really do not want to leave her another day without food but then if nothing is getting past her crop then she will die anyway I suppose.  Her poo today is not so bad so something is getting through.

I have had a hen with sour crop before and I have tipped the hen up to try and make her "be sick" which has worked for that but this doesn't seem to be advised for compacted crop

Please help.

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  Harkamectin.
Posted by: k9crystal - 30-08-2017, 08:01 AM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (4)

Do any of you use Harkamectin?
if so how many drops for standard size chicken?

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  choccy chook
Posted by: k9crystal - 30-08-2017, 08:00 AM - Forum: Test Messages (deleted weekly) - Replies (4)

Happy birthday Happy panda

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  SLW Cockerel
Posted by: april - 27-08-2017, 03:30 PM - Forum: FTGH - Free to a Good Home - Replies (6)

I know this is a long shot but I would like to find a nice home for 'Otred', my Silver Laced Wyandotte Cockerel.  He's just under 2 years old and never had the pleasure of his own ladies because my Shetland Cockerel hasn't let him !  As I am about to keep another Shetland, I think 'Otred' may be better off somewhere else (where he has more chance) !!  Anyone interested (or know anyone who might be) please get in touch.

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  Best of Chums - 3 brothers
Posted by: Cockadoodledoo - 25-08-2017, 07:10 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (2)

    We rescued these 3 chicks last year.  They are WelsummerXCream Legbar and never quarrel  Smile

They love a dust bath

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  Always worth a go.
Posted by: april - 22-08-2017, 06:55 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (4)

One of the Copper Maran chicks in my 'mega' hatch, popped out with a leg the wrong way round - yes....literally.  He couldn't stand up and sat with the leg facing the wrong way and out backwards.  Mostly - he just rolled on to his back and couldn't get up.  Very sad to watch and my instinct was to put him to sleep on the first day out.  However, buoyant from such a good hatch I decided to give him a go and fashioned a sort of splint out of a drinking straw and an elastic band (like you do for splayed legs) and managed to get the leg back in to the correct position (well sort of).  I segregated him on his own with a heat lamp, rolled up towel and soft doggy toy for support for the first 24 hours and after that I added in a couple of gentle buddies to encourage him to move, eat and drink.  One week on and he is now almost completely normal - he has the very slightest of limps but both legs are in the correct position and he runs, jumps and walks with no difficulty whatsoever.  I reckon another couple of days and him and his pals will be able to join the other 18 Shetlands and Marans down in the 'babies' shed.  So pleased and somewhat in awe of the little chap - cos he really did look like a lost cause.  Of course, I'm saying 'he' because with all this extra TLC and me cooing over him every minute of the day, he's bound to be a Cockerel !!

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  Electical tools and their life span
Posted by: zenith - 19-08-2017, 02:39 PM - Forum: Tools & Machinery - Replies (3)

I was wondering how you rate the usefulness of electrical tools and their longevity ? Having had many over the years from lawn mowers to tile cutters etc. I think the one that has served me best over the years is a hammer drill which has been in service  34 years never let me down and has never been serviced or repaired. Good old black & decker  Smile [ I have probably cursed it to fail now ]  Big Grin  I can't complain if it does.

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  Hurray !
Posted by: april - 13-08-2017, 06:02 PM - Forum: Incubation & Hatching - Replies (4)

Hatching well underway and 9 Shetland Chicks out so far and looking lovely.  Another 5 piped.  Also got 4 Copper Black Marans in as well but they are not due to hatch till tomorrow.  Wasted so much time watching them this afternoon that we've had to forego cooking a dinner and OH has just gone of to the Fish and Chip Shop.  No need to tell you all how incredibly special these Shetlands are so I am beaming from ear to ear this evening. Big Grin

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