Hi there!! Oh today has been a bag of poo!! Hassle with the business and one thing and another. Have just sat down and it's 9pm. Ready for my bed today I am. Took my Mum today to get a couple of red sex links to add to the 3 I gave her so that was nice and a break from all the rubbish. Got chatting to a great chicken guy who was selling the sex links. Had lots of birds and very knowledgable too. She has named the new ones Winnie and Brenda. The ones I gave her are called Stan, Dorris and Margaret.
Weather not good here. Has not stopped raining pretty much since Sunday lunchtime some of your warm would be great if you could send it over!! Not the 90's though just some warm. Chicks doing well and growing. Eating me out of house and home right now. Will never make money at this rate.
Runny nose I would say resp infection? Generally if one gets it they all do or become carriers of it. Antibiotics are your best bet if you can but it would mean treating the entire flock. I don't have the guts to cull either I get the other half to do it for me. I'm chicken when it comes down to it.
Maybe time to downsize your flock ready for the winter? I know that would be a very hard thing to do but you have to think of your health granny. Maybe have a set up then where you can get to without fear of falling. A smaller number of birds would be an easier set up for you. A hard call I know but something to consider. I have to say I'm not looking forward to the winter either. We've only had a few days rain here and it being a bit chilly and my knees are killing me. Winter will be bad this year just know it.
I'm having trouble with a frizzle hen too ~ http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1009346/feather-loss-only-quils-remaining/0_30