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    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2011 10:56am (Apr 21st 2011)

    Keeper of the hens

    ...and I had to do it!

    It's been mentioned on the forum how Tilly's been looking a bit down lately, and although she's eating and drinking and doing normal chickeny things, I hopefully found the problem.

    I checked out the hencam this morning and saw she looked ok, but not quite right, a bit droopy on the tail maybe...

    Anyway, her tail feathers always grew a bit funny, I think they're too thick or long or something, which means (apologies if you're eating) her poo gets caked on, and after a few weeks it builds up into a heavy and uncomfortable mass, which can cause serious health problems if it causes a blockage or it can attract flies etc.

    This year has been really bad - I checked her this morning and saw a big chunk that needed removing, but Scarlet is in Stoke and I have nobody to help hold a (quite understandably) scared / annoyed chicken whilst I prod and cut at it's behind...

    I ended up straddling Tilly with her underneath me as I sat on the floor, her head under me and her bum stuck out between my knees!

    She was an absolute star, hardly moved and didn't complain, although she did cry a little bit as the cutting of the feathers sometimes pulls so I just said how well she was doing and it was nearly over, and she'd stop and let me carry on... It was so sweet of her I was filling up! A couple of the feathers pulled out and bled which must have hurt, but hopefully she's feeling much better and 'trimmed' down there now, and it should hold off the build-up for a few more months...

    I think she's forgiven me as I gave her lots of treats and raisins afterwards.

    Keep an eye on her for me and let me know if she looks any happier please!
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2011 1:52pm (Apr 21st 2011)
    Neil, you are a star. :face-smile:
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2011 1:53pm (Apr 21st 2011) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Aw bless her and her dirty bum :(

    Good job you did it though and she wasn't too much of a pain. Give her lots of love, she is an old girl now and probably didn't particularly enjoy someone meddling with her bum!! XD
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2011 2:11pm (Apr 21st 2011)
    I watched her for a little while this morning, all hunkered up against the wooden fence.
    Then as I am wondering how to get in touch I realised that the camera was staying watching her too. So obviously Neil was aware.
    Anyway just then she ups and toddles round as per normal. Relief!
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2011 8:12pm (Apr 21st 2011)

    Keeper of the hens

    I've just seen her on cam for the first time today :) :)
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2011 9:52pm (Apr 21st 2011)
    Well done Neil, I'm sure she must've known you were trying to help her and appreciates your efforts!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd, 2011 5:20pm (Apr 22nd 2011)
    Well done, Neil; give that man a medal! And give that hen some ointment...