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Thanks to you both! They are not doing any worse, at least, & no other chickens have showed symptoms yet. I'm wondering about enclosing the roost area more--maybe they're getting too cold. I don't know if I've ever seen information on the ideal temperature for chickens--I should look that up! I noticed they roost all scattered out these days so they're not keeping each other warm.

 

I hope to go to Africa some day...which country would you think is the most interesting? I am interested in both nature & human culture. I would love to see baobobs, the Congo river, the Kalahari desert, anything really old, & a tropical rain forest. I saw some baobobs in a park in Honolulu but they weren't big. The rain forest there is considered sub-tropical. We lived on the Big Island for a year--really fun after the culture shock wore off & we found the cool places to hike. They weren't too big on signage there. Are those ads for volunteer/vacation travel bogus?


You are welcome, but don't worry about chickens and temperatures - they are hardy birds and if they are not huddled together then they are not cold for sure! 

 

Which countries? Gosh thats a hard one. Botswana looks great but be sure to go in your summer months (its blisteringly hot around December time). Congo river - leave that one for national geographic - you really don't want to find yourself in DRC or Congo-Brazzaville cos its not safe (I used to work in northern DRC). Sadly, most places that has rainforest is not the best in terms of security at the moment - no, Rwanda is a good place - gorillas and all that. Baobabs you'll find in lots of countries. South Africa and East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) are good for national parks - lions etc. and are geared up for tourism, so probably less hassle than other countries. 

 

Dunno if the volunteer / vacation stuff is bogus, but its rubbish - they achieve zilch. Development should be left to local people and professionals to support them. 

 

Hope that helps a little.

 

All the best

CT

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They are eating & behaving pretty normally, a little less active though. No discharges, normal poop. They are 6 years old. Yesterday I brought them in to the house to keep warm, & am giving erythromycin + vitamins & electrolytes for birds dissolved in their water. I can't tell for sure, one might sound a little better today. I am trying to figure out what's wrong but it's hard with only one real symptom.  I gave up taking chickens to the vet a long time ago. They would order expensive  lab tests &  then say they didn't know what the results meant because they  didn't study chickens in school.  Thanks for any help.

 

Catharina

Did you figure out what to do about the hens gurgling? 

 

I am odieclark, from goat spot, and have some hens gurgling right now!  I am pretty sure that it is an upper resp/ type of thing going on, and know that the issue is because of moisture...all of a sudden we went from sub zero weather to 50-60 degrees ...anyhow, not sure what I should give the hens.

 

We have rarely treated our hens with anything, and hoping I caught this early and can get this under control!

Love the hens!
Our animals outside are: 6 Laying white leghorns, 1 Cochin hen bantam, 3 young black feathered chickens, 5 turkeys, 1 Cat, 1 ornate Box Turtle, 2 water turtles.

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Love the hens!
Our animals outside are: 6 Laying white leghorns, 1 Cochin hen bantam, 3 young black feathered chickens, 5 turkeys, 1 Cat, 1 ornate Box Turtle, 2 water turtles.

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