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    • CommentAuthorvolka
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2009 12:27pm (Nov 20th 2009)
    Poor little chuckie - within their first 6 weeks of being with us, Rosie lost her sister Ruby to being eggbound.

    Then we had the whole cropbound/sour crop debarcle. The vet treated her for a bound crop but it turned out to be sour crop in the end. I have only just found out what the difference is so sorry to those that know but the first is just greedy hen syndrome eating something they can't digest (usually treated with olive oil to help the passing), the second is actually a fungal infection that could kill your chicken apparently. Anti-biotics (the right sort, you have to ask specifically for a fungicidal type) and live yoghurt and the occasional squeeze is the cure for that.

    Then Rosie decided to spend 8 weeks being broody, so spent a lot of time being shunted from pillar to post and dunked in cold water.

    Anyway, weekend before last she decided she was bored of that, left the coop with the others in the morning and promptly started moulting She has now lost all her tail feathers, quite a lot of her wing feathers and looks like the cats have been using her as football.

    I want to pick her up and cuddle her but I know it will be really uncomfortable for her and she does squeal a bit when we have to move her. I hope she gets her new feathers soon!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2009 7:02pm (Nov 20th 2009)
    Poor Rosie; her whole life is a drama - good job she landed on her feet when she came to live with you! :)
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2009 11:02pm (Nov 20th 2009)
    Some pets seem to be like that - always a crisis! That's what puts me off getting hens, I'm sure they'd get everything going. My other pets do!

    I hope she gets over all of this soon poor thing. :heart:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2009 11:58pm (Nov 20th 2009)
    Poor little Rosie sure has had a rough time of it. Give her loves from all of us.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2009 4:49pm (Nov 21st 2009)
    Poor Rosie she will look real beautiful aftet her moult so hopefully things will seem better for her then. My little Specks is mid moult, the other five show no sign of moulting yet I bet they wait until it is real cold and then do it.