Originally Posted by Sally Sunshine
Thank you, sorry you had that crud, nasty stuff. I wouldn't wish it on anyone EVER! I almost lost my life and I am thankful I was still strong enough to take such a hit.
I suggest that everyone who has chickens reminds themselves to get dirty some times and pick each one up and look the bird over for routine examination, I know some have huge flocks but its important to catch issues as quick as possible, I wrote this and added it to the Vent Gleet article, its a good thing to keep in mind.....
Did you know that Birds will attempt to hide their illness? A survival tactic, as predators may be more likely to target an obviously
unfit individual. A bird which appears bright and alert when being watched may become huddled and fluffed up when it thinks
it is unobserved, so observe wisely!
Physical examination of bird/s should be a part of routine disease control, monthly health checks and always quarantine/complete examination of new birds.
Mine was a royal pain in the dupa I had 30 abscesses over a 2 year period, most likely picked it up at work (was working at an E.R. at the time). They put me on Doxy AND Bacterium for 6 months, and thankfully haven't had one since. Six months of antibiotics was a bit of a pain, but far better than having the abscesses.
I love that you remind us of that, seriously no sarcasm intended, thank you. We check ours after they've gone to roost each night and check them again before they go out in the morning. Let me rephrase that: I check them, Gavin is usually asleep. I check combs, wattles, noses, beaks/mouths, hinnies, and feet/legs but I have a lot of free time with the my health issues. I also check the poo in the litter pan/poo board every morning, since they're almost completely free range I worry a lot about cocci.
Originally Posted by beckah1
Yeah...that will never do. I free range because I want that quality of eggs for my daughter...and I'm on a farm, so it just makes sense to do that.
I'll see if Dr. Hanshaw answers my questions because a search online didn't give me much of anything. Interesting, though, from what I was reading by posters, was that they want everyone to do it so they can control disease. But then...the government idea of what's best doesn't usually align with my ideas...hence the reason I grow my own.
Wish I could grow more of our own food. So far its only the chickens, the eventual eggs, and what fruit/veggies we can grow. Thankfully we have tons of wild berries that grow and ripen at different times. I want to get a steer each spring for butcher the following year and a doe or two or maybe and alpaca or llama (I've read their milk is similar to goat milk) and a pony or two. The problem is the funds, hopefully that will be resolved soon...