Originally Posted by Ol Grey Mare
X 2 on both counts -- I don't do medicated feed (I will add some dirt to the brooder for enrichment and controlled exposure) - I have had a few situations where it reached the point of requiring treatment, but have never had a serious issue/bird loss so far with this approach -- I, too, prefer the natural immunity building whenever possible.
Oy, that's no fun at all - what kind of sick?
And some things they couldn't, lol - chickens will eat just about anything that doesn't eat them first.
Same here - though through the years I have had a lot of birds - I don't think it's so much about what one feeds as it is the bird's natural predisposition to having an issue - in your case, @Miss Ameraucana
it would seem that rather than diet it is the bird and not the diet - similar to a human with certain food sensitivities or prone to certain digestive issues who are not able to consume the same diet as the average individual. You aren't feeding "wrong" - you just have a bird that would seem to require special management.
Chicken is a favorite snack here - there is something amusing and horrifying in watching the flock tear at a carcass once we humans are done with it....or playing tug of war with a chicken leg.
Thought it was a bad head cold, but at this point I think it's flu... OH said half the guys at his work are down sick too...
Originally Posted by LittleLakePhil
I think what's bumming me out the most right now though is my lungs have been breathing like a champ..... They are right this morning....
Hopefully they will clear up though as the day progresses.... How's everyone else today I'm done whining now
Oh, whine with me, Phil... I am achy, nauseous, and have zero energy...
Originally Posted by abbevilleoz
I raised Silkies and AMs together, too. You're gonna have a bunch of poof balls! I hope!
When I feel better I'll count and get pics...