Originally Posted by bizzyeemojo
Harriet is home. She looks great and is acting like her old self!
They did not find any yeast in her crop only bacteria. The vet told me birds are lactose intolerant. I have read that chickens can eat yogurt, cottage cheese and plain old milk but I am no longer going to give it to them. I am back on the crushed baked egg shells for their calcium supplement.
The vet also said the lead finding was insignificant and I shouldn't worry but I did get soil and water testers. I will post when I get the results back.
As for her overall health she is perfectly healthy, free of worms or lice, lungs and heart are A OK. I am thrilled! I am a little anal about keeping their coops and run clean and at least that paid off.
She is allowed to be with the other hens who were happy to see her. Maybe Bette (one of her hatchmates) will stop angrily pecking me!
I am going to keep Harriet and Bette in one coop at night just so I can discard those eggs.
Many thanks Wyorp Rock and Aart for you input.
Originally Posted by aart
Is this an avian vet?
So bacteria in crop was concluded to be the problem?
Glad to hear she is doing well!
I do know quite a few people use milk, yogurt, etc. for probiotics. Interesting to hear that chickens are lactose intolerant. I see that you use raw milk - any connection there for the bacteria?
Enteritis is bacterial, so maybe the milk proteins helped feed that.
@aart brings up a good question, what course of antibiotic treatment did the vet put her on? and his previous question -was it pieces of lead found or just showed up in bloodwork?
Of course lead could be from any source, but I was also thinking it was found naturally, so I quickly googled, this was the first one I found:
"Lead is a naturally occurring bluish-gray metal found in small amounts in the earth's crust. Lead can also be found in plants, animals, air, water, dust, and soil. Because it is an element, lead can't be broken down into smaller components." http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/athome/lead