You must heat. Risky, No?
Minnesota! - Page 1786
Featured Stories on BackYard Chickens
I am still not moving. Time for me to do the same.
I put it down in the crop, once a day, 1ml for large birds, .5 for young LF birds or bantams. 5 days. I don't inject in part because then you will ruin the meat if you want to butcher the bird later, that tissue will need to cut away. The down in the crop method shows improvement in 24-hours. If you have a sick bird and after 48 hours they haven't improved, I suggest culling. Some of that respiratory stuff is like wildfire and once they are down they are better off gone.
Like I said, this weather we have had, though it has been mild, has also been damp and hovering right around freezing but not quite brings on the kind of humidity that is just not good for bird keeping.
I wouldn't use hay or straw unless you have a really good way of cleaning it out in winter. I use shavings inside and straw in the outside.
I had to run to the store and my hubby gutted out the coop and put down more of those alfalfa bales. It feels good and dry in the coop (and I really can't complain too much since I didn't have to do it ). It's pretty easy to clean out, but shavings will be used next time.
I had another sick bird this morning. One of my little ones. Gooey eyes and lethargic. She has a smell about her, too (doesn't help that I'm pregnant and every goofy smell makes me want to vomit). Makes me think she may have had bloody stools although I didn't see any. I brought her in, gave her 25cc of tylan. I injected it behind the neck. I'll put another 25cc down the crop later. She won't drink or eat. I'm hoping the tylan perks her up. I may have to convert a section of our garage into a chicken hospital if this blows through the rest....man oh man....
Aside from putting vitamins and electrolytes in the water, should I start using duramycin in their water or tylan 50 for all of the birds as preventative? Or just medicate the ones that show obvious symptoms? I heard a few sneezes in the coop, but nothing like the physical symptoms this little one has.
Edited by MinnesotaNice - 1/10/16 at 11:32am
Ours is very comfortable as well. I bought a thermometer but it's still laying on the counter.
We changed all the bedding in the coop, was time... even shooting for deep litter method. Wow, what a cold day. The humidity gauge said it was at 90% in the coop just a bit ago. Didn't want to, but I put a heat lamp in there... safely. Just figured, freezing mixed with that kind of humidity would be bad. It's at about 42 in there.
hmmm. weather report says it is a 42% humidity in farmington now. If you have almost double humidity in the coop, increase ventilation. The birds exhale moisture, and moisture is added of course through droppings. Humidity increases all kinds of problems, not just frost bite. I would run run run to the coop and open whatever I could to get the drier outdoor air into it, even when it is this cold.
I know last year we had a terrible time when the winter was soo danged humid, it didn't matter how much ventilation you could get!
You must be in the middle of planning out all your crops and seeds, and pretty soon starting seed?
I hate having waterers in the coop, and with the two chickens separated, I have 2! or will have anyway once it is light an I add the second water bowl for the second chicken.
At least the cat who has been having a severe allergic reaction is doing better today. Indoor cats with messy butt= lots of clean up.
good day for indoor projects, thats for sure.
enjoy the day everyone!
Forgive me for asking a stupid question but where do you keep the waterers then? In the summer I had one inside and outside but most of my clan is allergic to snow.
My last wayward hen, despite having her wings clipped managed to leap onto the fence. She is determined to get out.
Edited by scandiafowl - 1/10/16 at 12:58pm