I study American Kenpo which is a form of Martial Arts with Chinese origins. It is often called the street fighters form of karate. We fight brutally beating people down not up. Edited by daxigait - 3/29/16 at 7:44pm
This is horrible. I wish I was surprised, but I'm not, since raccoons pulled great big chunks of siding right off of the side of my HOUSE to get into the attic!!!! I have tried to button up my coops really really well, and should buy stock in hardware cloth with as much as I use. But I also realize that nothing is perfect, and live in dread of going outside and learning the hard way that I missed a spot somehow... (And don't even get me started on the hawks...)
So sorry to hear this - I have them as well, and have for decades. Everyone is different, but I have two suggestions:
(1) Look up lists of foods to avoid for migraines, go off of all of them for a little while (a pain, I know), then add them back one by one and keep a food diary. Best way to find if something is triggering them (some of the triggers can be common foods, e.g., citrus, or tomato products or aged cheeses...)
(2) If not well controlled, if you have a doctor who you can work with, what has helped me a lot (back in my 20s and again now in my 40s) is very low dose blood pressure lowering meds on an ongoing basis. Just a thought.
I've been pleased with my tractor coops (I just park them instead of dragging them around, but when not in use, I can move them to where I want them).
I have only had two chicks with leg issues. But one was shipped, and so several days old before I tried to deal with it. It died. The other I hatched myself, and had a hobble/brace on it before it was even dry. It went back into the 'bator with the brace on, and when dry, to the brooder. Kept it on for 3 days straight (well, changed it once) - made sure it could get to food and water. Totally normal now - you can't even tell.
I guess I'm suggesting that if you can do something about it right away, you increase your chances of things working out (though it may not). I've read that as well...
Sorry, I usually keep my mouth shut, but I am SOOOOOOOOOO tired of reading about CH threatening the lives of his baby animals against all reasonable advice. BEYOND sick of this. That poor little cold gosling... My chicks hatched four days ago, and still prefer to snuggle and sleep under the heating pad where it's warm and only pop out rarely to eat and drink. They know where the food and water is, and come out when they need it and then go back and snuggle. This is normal behavior - I don't harass them or yank them out of the brooder and wake them up to ask them why they aren't eating, or over handle them increasing the risk that they'll get stressed or sick. Just sayin'... (sigh)
OK, I've gotta go do chicken chores. Back later...