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post #11 of 14

Thank you for your kind words. I'd like to know if Tleventer ever found out what had been wrong and if there was any other illness with the other birds. I plan to dust with DE today.

post #12 of 14

I am so sorry for both of you that lost your hens before a solution could be found.  I have no idea, but drooling chickens does not sound like egg bound hens.  Our hens will pucker their butts whenever I pick them up.  Maybe sour crop?  Any bad smells?

 

I am also sorry that you didn't get immediate help on the board.  You might try pm'ing the experts on the board in a real emergency.  I can't imagine anyone that wouldn't want to help.

 

 

post #13 of 14

When she was laying on the bathroom floor after her bath my husband said her crop was full of air and he squeezed it to deflate it. She was not eating or drinking and gasping for air. I don't think I would have been able to save her even if I knew what was wrong. The remaining 8 birds are fine. Maybe this can be an excuse to get a few more this spring ;)

post #14 of 14
I don't care what anyone says, I will never dust with DE. I use DE as a cleanse for myself and know that until it is well mixed into my water, hold your breath! DE is actually microscopic, sharp fossils and if you breathe in so much as a tiny amount, you will have an irritated, dry cough. Very uncomfortable. I even use it in my plants to easily kill ant infestations. I can't imagine dusting a chicken's environment with this.. beaks only a foot away from the ground, bathing in it, stirring it up and breathing it in..no way! Maybe that is where some respiratory illnesses are coming from?
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