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  1. longday

    Help - eggbound or something else?

    I have an Australorp, about 6 years old. For about the past 24 hours, she's had this odd posture. She seems reluctant to move around a whole lot, but is still moving, and seems possibly interested in food. She's got dirty feathers around her vent, and this has been a somewhat ongoing issue. Her...
  2. longday

    Help - eggbound or something else?

    I have an Australorp, about 6 years old. For about the past 24 hours, she's had this odd posture. She seems reluctant to move around a whole lot, but is still moving, and seems possibly interested in food. She's got dirty feathers around her vent, and this has been a somewhat ongoing issue. Her...
  3. longday

    Predator attack. One gone, one injured

    Another attack - I now know it was a possum. I thought I'd made the coop predator proof but apparently not. :( Heard ruckus in the hen house at 5 a.m. and found possum still there, with feathers in his mouth. Picture mad woman in dressing gown screaming obscenities at it as I chased it with a...
  4. longday

    Predator attack. One gone, one injured

    I took a look at her last night. Clipped feathers back but couldn't get them far enough to put a bandaid on. :) The wound was a little bigger than I first estimated - like an inch long J shape. It was nice and clean though, and looked to be a surface wound that was healing nicely. I put plenty...
  5. longday

    Predator attack. One gone, one injured

    What's the best thing to clean her with - straight iodine? Assuming the wound is as I described when I get a good look at it, is she likely to only need one cleaning or should I clean for several days in a row?
  6. longday

    Predator attack. One gone, one injured

    Thanks for the responses. We have red tail hawks around, but no way one could get in. I started to wonder whether, because I'd left her there for the morning, the other chickens actually caused the damage to her back. The wounded hen is a bit of a flighty bird (no pun intended), so maybe use a...
  7. longday

    Predator attack. One gone, one injured

    I came out this morning to a dead 3.5yo australorp hen. Honestly, I was already running late for work, and she was clearly already gone, so I quickly looked at the two other chickensand both went for the food I offered. My one year old red girl (no clue what breed she is, but she's about the...
  8. longday

    Moving hen & chicks after hatching question

    Ack. Mama was fine, but the other chicks attacked and killed it. So mad at myself for introducing while the sac was still there. :(
  9. longday

    Urgent help please - chick pecked by siblings

    Thanks for the response. I guess this was a newbie fail. :( I thought that if mama accepted him back, all would be well. I didn't count on his siblings being such jerks.
  10. longday

    Urgent help please - chick pecked by siblings

    Actually, never mind...by the time I posted this and went back to check, he was dead. :(
  11. longday

    Urgent help please - chick pecked by siblings

    Maybe not anything that can be done now, but I have a first time (but very dedicated) Australorp hatch 4 eggs yesterday. She abandoned one that was born this morning plus 2 eggs. I set up an emergency incubator and brought the abandoned chick and eggs inside. Later in the morning I moved the...
  12. longday

    Moving hen & chicks after hatching question

    So she's looking after 4 but abandoned 1 live chick (still wet, bloody sac attached) and two bantam eggs. She had moved off the nest, and was pecking at the newborn when I tried to give it to her. I don't have an incubator or brooder, so I'm currently doing the "bra method" for the two eggs (one...
  13. longday

    Moving hen & chicks after hatching question

    Thanks for the response!
  14. longday

    Moving hen & chicks after hatching question

    My chicks are finally hatching, and I'm going to move the hen & chicks to a separate area. I have 4 or 5 hatched, so either 2 or 3 eggs to (potentially) go. If they aren't hatched by tonight, would it be ok to carefully move the eggs with her or should I wait? At the moment they're in the...
  15. longday

    Broody hen given up?

    Naturally enough, she returned to the nest shortly after I posted this. I opened the door to check on her and she growled at me appropriately. Phew!
  16. longday

    Broody hen given up?

    I had a super broody 2.5 year old Australorp. I'm fairly sure she's gone broody multiple times (leg band fell off so I can't be certain), so I finally got her 7 fertilized eggs to hatch. She was broody for about 10 days before I gave her the eggs, and she very happily accepted them. She was the...
  17. longday

    Candling question - broody hen sitting on eggs

    Thanks for the response. I just tried with an led flashlight, but not sure of the wattage. Couldn't see a darn thing.
  18. longday

    Candling question - broody hen sitting on eggs

    I have a super broody Australorp sitting on 7 assorted eggs that I got from a farmer friend. She's now at day 12 so I'd like to candle them, but she's taking this sitting business very seriously, so accessing the eggs without being attacked is tricky. She gets off the nest once every one or...
  19. longday

    Sick hen - any advice appreciated

    Update I thought I'd share an update since you've been so kind in helping Ruby through her illness. Since I put her back outside, she's ever so slowly improved. For quite a while she was still thin and her comb was shrivelled and grey, although she seemed to still have an appetite and seemed...
  20. longday

    Sick hen - any advice appreciated

    Oh, and SpeckledHills, I've bookmarked your website. Thanks so much!
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