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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJun 16th, 2016 1:09pm (Jun 16th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Before we'd even got home one of our new hens Olga was 'rattly' - chesty and wheezy - apparently it can be quite common as it's brought on by stress such as moving, introductions to new hens etc.

    A couple of weeks later and she's more or less over it - it gives them a sore throat so they don't eat for a few days, but usually get over it quickly. However they can give it to the other hens, so you need to keep an eye on it.

    Hedwig came down with it last week, and for a few days sounded like an accordion as she breathed - I was a bit worried but she seems to be getting over it now - Olbas Oil on their neck feathers seemed to help them breathe at night too. I've seen her eating which is a good sign.

    However, earlier this week Renee came down with it - badly. She was *very* rattly and her breathing was laboured, she stopped eating and looks completely depressed. I wasn't sure if she was still drinking. Obviously quite serious.

    So this morning I took a couple of hours out of work and took her to the vets - she looked dreadful and didn't really want to stand up - she had discharge from her nostrils and was obviously feeling rotten. The vet though was quite positive and gave me antibiotics (Tylan) to give the hens in the water (which is nice and easy - have you ever tried to inject a hen?!), and she should hopefully be feeling better in 2-3 days.

    I did force-feed her some medicated drink when we got home just to make sure she had some in her system, so fingers crossed it does the trick.

    If you do look at the hencam, please let me know of any unusual behaviour - and also if Renee drinks (from either waterer) - it would be nice to know she's taking on the medicine that should help her.

    Thanks!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 16th, 2016 4:09pm (Jun 16th 2016)
     
    Bless them; hope they are feeling better soon, Neil. Isn't it good that you have a hen-friendly vet?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 16th, 2016 6:51pm (Jun 16th 2016)
     
    Oh no! I hope they're all going to be OK. I don't get chance to look at the cam lately - please keep us updated.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJun 20th, 2016 2:51pm (Jun 20th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chief chickenBless them; hope they are feeling better soon, Neil. Isn't it good that you have a hen-friendly vet?


    Tylan seems to be doing the trick - Renee has *not* died and even has been eating a little, so that is nice.

    The vets have been wonderful - although Renee has cost us another £37, she's worth it, and the others will benefit from the medicine too.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 20th, 2016 8:58pm (Jun 20th 2016)
     
    Sounds like good news! Let's hope she continue to improve and doesn't cost you much more! At least she'll be able to pay you back in eggs!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJun 21st, 2016 1:31pm (Jun 21st 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    There's no hen on earth that can lay that many eggs.

    Unless they're sodding golden ones..!
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 21st, 2016 9:16pm (Jun 21st 2016)
     
    I'm so glad she is feeling better, Neil. Moving hens around is stressful and I've had several that have done that to me. Keeping hens can be a spend thing, when a Vet is involved.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 21st, 2016 9:30pm (Jun 21st 2016) edited
     
    I just turned the volume up while watching the hens..someone or something is snoring. I've never heard a chicken snore..Neil, are you sleeping out in the hen house now??:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 21st, 2016 10:09pm (Jun 21st 2016)
     
    I love that gif Neil!! At least she can have a go at paying you back - cats have nothing useful to offer! All I get is hair balls, litter trays, and ruined furniture!!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd, 2016 1:38pm (Jun 22nd 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: LynnWI just turned the volume up while watching the hens..someone or something is snoring. I've never heard a chicken snore..Neil, are you sleeping out in the hen house now??<img src=" />


    It's probably Olga - she's the one that originally gave them the RI and is still a bit snuffly, but I don't see why she hasn't been 'sorted' like the others have - maybe just a snuffly hen? She's the youngest, not sure if that has anything to do with it. At least Hedwig doesn't sound like an accordion when she breathes anymore! :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd, 2016 2:05pm (Jun 22nd 2016)
     
    Posted By: Kateb - cats have nothing useful to offer! All I get is hair balls, litter trays, and ruined furniture!

    That's not quite fair; only this morning I was presented with a fat mouse which had been left RIGHT BY THE PEDALS on the piano; AAAAAAAAAAARGH! Have't decided whether to sautee, roast or fry it yet...:ack2:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 24th, 2016 6:11pm (Jun 24th 2016)
     
    I suppose their biggest gift is their beauty - not useful, but appealing all the same!!