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    • CommentAuthorcheekymouse
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2010 8:29pm (Feb 18th 2010)
    I have two lovely chickens-bantam buff orpingtons. I thought they were hens so originally called them Queenie and Elspeth-but Queenie is now Quentin!! Poor Elspeth has had problems using her legs and now and then she bobs her head from side to side with her eyes closed-like a fit. She has a huge appetite though, and still enjoys the fresh air and she's chatty -she says "Cluck cluck cluck"! when i say "I Love you" : ) I have been so worried for her. I am giving her ex-bat crumbs and tonic with seaweed. Does anyone else know what this could be, or any knowledge-I think it may be mareks? She hasn't lost weight though-far from it!
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    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2010 9:20pm (Feb 18th 2010)
    I don't have hens so can't offer any advice Cheekymouse, but I am sure someone will post you some info soon. Elspeth sounds like a very special little hen. It seems to be the way of things that boys get girls names to begin with!
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2010 11:14am (Feb 19th 2010)

    Keeper of the hens

    Hi cheekymouse, :welcome: to the forum.

    Oh they are gorgeous - I have a soft spot for buff orps, they are such adorable chickens ;)

    How old are they? Is she / has she ever laid an egg? Are her poops normal?

    You might want to look at this site (contains lots of lovely pics of chicken poos!) as it explains what poops could mean what:

    Here's a link to The Poultry Site, it takes you to lots of information on Marek's disease but there's also lots of information on loads of other diseases that chickens can get, so you might want to have a browse:

    There's also this thread on the forum that discusses Mareks (not sure how useful it will be) but there's some info in there that I stumbled upon on the 'net about using some tablets to cure the disease...

    I would suggest some of the 'miracle' cures for chickens, too...offer them activated yoghurt (good for them and helps their digestive system - they usually like it too ;) ), apple cider vinegar can be added to their water (but if it's already got things added to it then you don't have to bother). Keep making sure she is eating and drinking.

    A vets appt would probably be a good idea too :001_smile:

    Good luck, and I really hope Elspeth makes a full recovery.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2010 1:05pm (Feb 20th 2010)
    How is Elspeth doing? Did you take her to the vets? I have been thinking of you.