@ Yorkshire coop
I hadn't ridden out for ages either but we got them all out on Friday. MeMe got to go out twice this time. She was pretty flat the second time which was just as well because Reb was hyped... I got two massive bucks off him going up the road. Rasc had a loose shoe clinking from the start and lost it about 100 yards from home. The blacksmith is due in 2 weeks and I was going to ring him and see if he would stop in in passing to tack it back on, but I'm now thinking that it might be best to just wait as Rasc's hooves are pretty poor and another set of nails through them for the sake of a couple of weeks is probably only going to make them worse. Reb and MeMe manage fine without back shoes but Rascal just can't cope with being ridden barefoot, even when it's just one back one. I could do some long reining with him though and that would be good for me and him exercise wise and not having that back shoe should settle him down and make it less dangerous for me walking behind him!!
As I said in my previous post to philyc, I've taken on my neighbour's two light sussex, to give them one last chance.... they were for the chop but I'm pretty sick of eating chicken at the moment and had the thought that I could breed some sex links if they ever got around to laying eggs. Unfortunately one of them appears to have ascites. Her nether region feathers were filthy and it was too cold to wash her, so I decided to trim them back and that's when I discovered the problem. There is a good tennis ball sized pouch between her legs and that's obviously why her feathers were caked in mud and poop. She has also picked up IB from my lot, which seems to go round every once in a while in my flock. although it's usually no more that sneezing and the very occasional bubbly eye and raspy breath but they get better without treatment. Anyway, I'm assuming that the fluid is putting pressure on her lungs as well as the IB and I know I should cull her but for some reason I want to give her a chance. Have you ever dealt with ascites? I don't have a needle to drain it and wondered if it can be done with a razor sharp scalpel? I really need to do some research on the emergencies and diseases forum, but just wondering if you had any personal experience I could tap into?
Hope everyone is well in your household and Harry is being a good boy as always and that you are getting a few more eggs now.... Have you figured out the source of the crowing yet?
Fingers crossed, you are experiencing the same mild form of this storm that we are.