If you have to trim a beak, what do you use? Nail clippers?
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Tried that tonight, she is just too quick lol and then she jumped up on the highest roost and my arms just are not that long.... I will persist though, and hopefully I will have a win. Half the battle is actually getting hold of her lol!
Hi Chook Newby .... good to see you back here.
The 'white spot' in the corner of her eye, could be a little bit of mucky mucus. In which case, she has either poked her eye with a bit of stick or straw and it has become irritated, and perhaps has even started up some bacterial conjunctivitis. The 3rd pic of her with the closed eye would underscore this - but .... only a vet could tell for sure, what it is she may have, and give the appropriate ointment or spray to apply, if needed. So my post here is only a small suggestion. I have used the now old fashioned Golden Eye ointment ( a human and animal ointment ) on two of my cats in the past with good success, but they were cats - I have no idea about chicken tolerance.
Fancy mentioned chlorsig, which is somewhat the same chemical family to the old Golden Eye ointment ( Chloramphenicol ), and has from googling things, replaced that older ointment. It is based on the same chemical that was used in the old Golden Eye stuff.
Other than that, gently bathing the eye ( if you can catch her and get her to stand still !!! ??? ) ....with runny warm water several times a day, might clear up any infection she might be brewing. Then dry her feathers off and let her go. But that is only a band-aid solution. A vet should be able to tell from a tiny swab, what the mucus is if it gets any worse.
Cheers - and good luck.
Thanks so much Anniebee! Im going to give her a couple of days and then I think it will be off to the vet. The white spot doesnt seem to be getting worse but is certainly still there. I might try catching her and bathing it too... just to help if it is infection.
If Harriet's eye has experienced trauma just watch it. I'd suggest monitor her level of distress as well. (Closing it, head shaking) I had one with a hurt eye someone else was looking after. When I got her home I noticed her eye. It was cloudier than Harriet's but I suspect it had been injured for too long before being noticed. I took her to the vet. He tried ointment but it was left too late. After the third application I found no eye in the socket. Must have hurt, she had the remainder of it removed. So my advice is - monitor closely. I was lucky my vet had an interest in eyes but he wasn't a bird vet.
With Sybil's beak, just clip a little at a time every few days to ensure you don't hurt her.
Congrats on the eggs!
Thank you MyHaven, I have watched her all day today. It certainly doesnt seem to be getting worse but not getting better either. We will be making a trip to the vet next week if nothing changes:)
Catching and holding Sybil is going to be the challenge. She is a fast little girl and roosts on the highest roost so she hard for me to reach when she is in bed. I will be investing in some help from my sisters friend to help me with this one haha
Again interesting MyHaven ....
Since Mindy Ara is by far the best, most prolific layer - it is of no surprise that she has gone clucky on a few occasions.
The other two ??????? .... Molly RIR has never had a broody cycle - yet is a prolific layer ( at various times and in recent years, excellent !! ). She is currently 'off the boil ' and is dropping red feathers so - moult for her I would think.
Mandy Welsummer - ?? She too has never had a broody patch, but heaven forbid, I sense she might be about to have her very first clucky session - which is about ALL I need,
with a puppy here, who needs constant toilet, and potential-wreckage-diversion, attention. Mandy has laid a few eggs recently, and is re-distributing the nesting area, constantly in there checking things out, making some very odd noises apart from her usual growling, is still eating like a horse, but ..... !!! I can only hope I am wrong.
She is however, such a very big girl, I wonder if the 'norm' would apply to her. She does a lot of resting in the box or on the ground - has done for months. Other than that she appears normal and healthy ........ for her. !! As mentioned before, I think she is so heavy, her legs get tired and she rests. ( hoping like heck ). She stands approx 22 inches high ( head height ) .... here is a pic of her :
and while I am at it - here are photos of our little assistance dog loan for 12 months - Sonya at 8 weeks of age ....
( oh what a terror she can be ) :
Edited by Anniebee - 5/7/16 at 2:53am
I shut up the coop after finding Flossie in there again. She seemed to join in with the others, although I saw her trying to get in there later on. She was standing there making "clucky" noises. It's funny when you find out that things you've only heard about are literal. She was standing there, clucking.
Can't hurt bathing her eye with boiled warm water, just in case. A good thing to do.
Good luck catching her. If you do, tuck her firmly under your arm ( wings and all ) and cover her whole head with your hand - they are docile when they can't see what's going on.
I have found that to be the case, anyway.
Edited by Anniebee - 5/7/16 at 2:58am
Isn't that just beautiful.
Two gorgeous Clydies pulled a large white open carriage for my husbands' niece when she was married 5 years back. Carried her and her 4 attendants.
That was fantastic, but the closed carriage is superb. Rather think I'd prefer the closed one, myself. ... lovely photos as usual.