Okay, so a lot has happened since the last update. Had another chicken fecal done. This time it turned out to be a hookworm. Not sure if the first vet made a mistake or if this is just a new issue. But instead of dwelling on that... I had gotten Panacur for Miss Grace. Vet said to give it to her for 5 days - she got it for 6... in a half. This mama wants healing. (And I was assured it was safe to do so.) And during this period, I cleaned out the chicken coop. (None of my other girls have showed signs of sickness.)(I had 8.) Then I witnessed finally who was being a bully recently. Twas one of the two I took in last fall. So I decided to re-home them. (Mama ain't happy if her coop ain't happy. Lol) I found them a happy home. (They were two peas in a pod, even after finding their spot in the flock.) So I'm back down to only 6 chickens. Oh and read sometime after, that the coop will be more susceptible to issues from different angles if it's overcrowded. (Never had issues these past three years until months after taking in the two extra.) Do I regret taking the two in? Nah, I learned something new and they ended up with another nice, loving home. But with saying that, my coop is back to being the small, happy flock it used to be. Just hoping for Grace to find health.
But now I ask: Hookworms. I cleaned the coop out first midwinter. (Before knowing of this hookworm issue.) But read hookworms can't live in the freezing cold. So the old bedding that has been tossed near the woods, I'm not worried about. Read too, hookworms can't live in clay. My entire property is clay. (Grass barely grows.)(Kinda sad.)(Oh and chickens have not been out of their run at all.) But the new bedding, I threw out near the old bedding: today I tried moving it to the dumpster I have here. (It's just me here and I have joint issues and back issues, etc.) Wasn't easy. Wimpy me shoveled three loads via wheelbarrow. Then burning right now is NOT allowed. So, the new remaining bedding that is on the corner of the woods... I would like to "deworm" it as well. But Borax is poison to the chickens and the Wondercide EcoTreat is nothing cheap. (Or quick, being I have to order it.) But I read the ingredients of it is cedar wood oil and Ethyl Lactate. Hmmm, first of all I know cedar is not good for the chickens. So cedar wood oil... how safe is that for them? I have some here in my essential oils and I'm willing to use the entire bottle mixed with a gallon of water to soak the area. But will that even help? Am I just being too hopeful? Or is that unsafe for the chickens as well? Just want to create a safe environment again so my girls can some out of their coop/run this summer.
Thank you for continuing patience and any words of wisdom!!