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by goatlady
06 Sep 2014, 10:15
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Scaly leg
Replies: 6
Views: 2488

Re: Scaly leg

I have also found something called "Nettex Just for Scaly Legs". Has anyone ever used this?

All purchases of UK products are complicated by the fact that I live in the Pyrenees!
by goatlady
06 Sep 2014, 06:49
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Scaly leg
Replies: 6
Views: 2488

Scaly leg

I've just got a new Barnevelder cockerel, and the person who sold him to me omitted to tell me that he has a bad case of scaly leg mite. I nearly refused to have him, but thought it would be better for his sake to take him and treat him properly. I've never had to deal with this. Looking through pas...
by goatlady
01 Jun 2014, 07:03
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Goose with sore eye
Replies: 1
Views: 823

Goose with sore eye

One of my geese has a sore eye (mainly closed and weeping white stuff). She is otherwise eating and behaving normally. Any ideas? She has constant access to a stream and pond.
by goatlady
21 Apr 2014, 07:32
Forum: Eggs and Growers
Topic: Putting newly hatched chicks back with mum?
Replies: 12
Views: 2675

Re: Putting newly hatched chicks back with mum?

Just when I thought they were safe.... she managed to squash one of them in the night. Started with nine eggs. Now she has only two chicks left.
by goatlady
17 Apr 2014, 10:03
Forum: Eggs and Growers
Topic: Putting newly hatched chicks back with mum?
Replies: 12
Views: 2675

Re: Putting newly hatched chicks back with mum?

Just keep an eye on her at hatching time. I've found a lot of squashed newly-hatched chicks under Brahmas, which is sad when they've gone through all that hard work to get out. If necessary, do what I did and finish them off safely in the incubator, before putting them back under her wing at night. ...
by goatlady
17 Apr 2014, 08:23
Forum: Eggs and Growers
Topic: Putting newly hatched chicks back with mum?
Replies: 12
Views: 2675

Re: Putting newly hatched chicks back with mum?

Just a word of warning, ladyplumber: I know I'm very biased against using broodies, and I'm sure there are countless people out there who will contradict me - but I would never give eggs I had bought to a Brahma to look after. The chances of losing them all are far too high. I only ever give them eg...
by goatlady
17 Apr 2014, 05:31
Forum: Eggs and Growers
Topic: Putting newly hatched chicks back with mum?
Replies: 12
Views: 2675

Re: Putting newly hatched chicks back with mum?

I always regret giving eggs to Brahmas ](*,)!

But she has accepted the chicks back and is proving an attentive mother, so not all bad this time.

Good luck with your black Brahma, ladyplumber.
by goatlady
16 Apr 2014, 07:49
Forum: Eggs and Growers
Topic: Putting newly hatched chicks back with mum?
Replies: 12
Views: 2675

Re: Putting newly hatched chicks back with mum?

I've already done it... The third one was out shortly after my last post, and I decided to take them all down to her and tuck them under her wing in the dark. They cheeped a lot at first, but she didn't attack them. It's all gone quiet now, and she's sitting there quite calmly in the near dark with ...
by goatlady
16 Apr 2014, 05:33
Forum: Eggs and Growers
Topic: Putting newly hatched chicks back with mum?
Replies: 12
Views: 2675

Putting newly hatched chicks back with mum?

Against my better judgement, I let one of my Brahmas sit on some eggs. She broke several early on, but four were still good on Monday, and starting to pip. She crushed the first chick to death as it was trying to get out of the shell, and so I took away the other three, replaced them with some golf ...
by goatlady
04 Apr 2014, 16:33
Forum: Eggs and Growers
Topic: Culling deformed chicks
Replies: 11
Views: 2295

Re: Culling deformed chicks

I've just learned that there are so few people breeding Speckled Sussex in my part of France that my birds are most likely related, even though they came from different places. I think this might be the cause of the problem.
by goatlady
04 Apr 2014, 11:50
Forum: Eggs and Growers
Topic: Culling deformed chicks
Replies: 11
Views: 2295

Re: Culling deformed chicks

In the end I realised that I could reduce the opening in my wall-mounted dispatcher to a size small enough to guarantee the result, and so that's what I did. But I prevaricated for two days before plucking up the courage. I still need to know whether the problem is genetic. It didn't happen last yea...
by goatlady
03 Apr 2014, 13:30
Forum: Eggs and Growers
Topic: Culling deformed chicks
Replies: 11
Views: 2295

Re: Culling deformed chicks

Oddly enough, I did have two with splayed legs (almost certainly because I took them out of the incubator too soon), but they are now walking normally following the appropriate treatment. The two Sussex are a different matter altogether, and they definitely need to go.
by goatlady
03 Apr 2014, 07:56
Forum: Eggs and Growers
Topic: Culling deformed chicks
Replies: 11
Views: 2295

Re: Culling deformed chicks

Thank you for that ladyplumber, and for the pm. I'm putting it off, because they're eating and drinking and don't appear to be suffering - but they are, quite literally, being walked over by the other chicks, so I will have to do it soon. The Sussex if anything were a day late hatching, so I don't t...
by goatlady
03 Apr 2014, 06:14
Forum: Eggs and Growers
Topic: Culling deformed chicks
Replies: 11
Views: 2295

Culling deformed chicks

I have two chicks in what was otherwise a very good hatch at the weekend that each have one useless leg (one right, one left, as it happens). The leg in question is bent at the hock but seems paralysed, and both chicks are shuffling around and not walking properly. I tried to straighten the leg out ...
by goatlady
23 Mar 2014, 14:47
Forum: Smallholder animals
Topic: Triplets
Replies: 14
Views: 6527

Re: Triplets

Only one cross-bred male - and, now I'm starting to supplement with a bottle, there's every chance he'll become tame and lovable! And I already have meat orders for the autumn! Oh dear...