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  1. katecox

    Integrating free range urban chickens and cages ranch chickens

    We have just relocated and for the next nine months are living in a rented house that does not allow chickens. We have 3 (18 month old) hens, a buff orpington, rir and a golden wyndotte. They have been raised completely free range by my 5 yo daughter who carries them around every single day. Thy...
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    Our Buff won't leave her nest.

    I just thought of two other questions that you all might be able to help me with. Since the Buff is dominating the nesting box (we have two but they are side by side) the other chickens aren't laying in the coop -- instead they have found places outside to lay. Should I make them an...
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    Our Buff won't leave her nest.

    Okay, thanks everyone for your help. I appreciate the advice. I'll stop moving her out of the nest and let her handle this broody period on her own.
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    Our Buff won't leave her nest.

    She doesn't get upset with me when I take her off the nest, but she does sit in there with "haunches up", and when they other chickens come near her she once again raises her haunches up. Yes, her poops are rather odorous -- I know this because yesterday when I was cleaning up her bloody comb...
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    Our Buff won't leave her nest.

    We have 6 girls, and they are all approx. 10 months of age. Up until now they have gotten along swimmingly. We left for two weeks at Christmas, our neighbor watched the girls and when we got back commented that our Buff O seemed broody and wouldn't leave her nest. The last three days have...
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    Crookneck, Marek's or Botulism -- please advise!

    I called WSU this morning and talked with the doctor and the histology report came back and she has sent me the report via mail. Gertie did have Merak's Disease, it wasn't present in all the nerves/organs (not in the liver, and another spot she mentioned) but it was found in the brain and in...
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    Can someone identify this scat pile?

    I've seen all kinds of canine poop and it looks wild -- not like a canine.
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    Can someone identify this scat pile?

    I am in the middle of the city! Really?? Bear?? -- we have about 4 acres of forested property behind us but I live right in the middle of Olympia, Washington.
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    Can someone identify this scat pile?

    Looks like a nightly visitor has been stalking the coop. Can you identify the scat pile for me?
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    Crookneck, Marek's or Botulism -- please advise!

    Quote: Kelar -- I have so much -- so much! -- respect for you. After doing this for a week I know the labor of love it is, I am in awe.
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    Crookneck, Marek's or Botulism -- please advise!

    The doctor with the laboratory called this evening. She was very kind and told me that from his (yes, Gertie who we thought was a her was actually a him!) outward signs upon arrival Gertie had classic Marek's symptoms. But,the necropsy did not show any tumors within the body. So, they have...
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    Crookneck, Marek's or Botulism -- please advise!

    An agonizing decision but I just contacted the state vet office and they are going to be coming to take Gertie to the WSU Lab to be euthanized and have a necropsy done on her. This morning she just looked worse -- and is suffering a bit more. I just don't think she'll recover from paralysis...
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    Crookneck, Marek's or Botulism -- please advise!

    Quote: I agree Tina, they sell vaccinated chickens in Portland, Oregon, a 2 hour drive south -- next time I WILL make that drive and transport them home. This is such an emotionally draining endeavor so far. I was looking forward to watching chickens in the backyard, retrieving eggs, and...
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    Crookneck, Marek's or Botulism -- please advise!

    This image allows you to see the leg positioning a little more clearly.
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    Crookneck, Marek's or Botulism -- please advise!

    Gertie outside in the sunshine -- notice her leg positioning.
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    Crookneck, Marek's or Botulism -- please advise!

    Today is the first day I have seen any change in Gertie, and unfortunately I don't think it is a good change. The toes on her right foot have started to curl. The foot seems cold and floppy. I still am curious how quickly THough 1956's chicken recovered from the paralysis. I want to remain...
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    Crookneck, Marek's or Botulism -- please advise!

    Quote: Here was the write-up I sent to BYC regarding my first chick death at 7 days. It may not have been Marek's, but since it has now been 3 birds with nervous issues I question if it was all Marek's? "Purchased our first little flock less than a week ago, all chicks probably in the 7 -10...
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    Crookneck, Marek's or Botulism -- please advise!

    Quote: Thanks so much Mother Jean, I now have hope! My birds are 12 weeks old tomorrow. So I have 2 more months to go...I am anxious to hear how quickly paralysis left THrough 1956 chicks. Although having a necropsy done on Gertie would be insightful -- or could I exhume my other 2 birds (11/...
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    Crookneck, Marek's or Botulism -- please advise!

    Quote: A few questions in regards to this post THough 1956 -- first, the few that did come back from paralysis -- how long did it take? We are moving into Day 4 and she is still eating and drinking on her own and doesn't seem to be declining anymore, she will windmill her legs when I am...
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    Crookneck, Marek's or Botulism -- please advise!

    I had a very good conversation this morning with the State Veterinarian. He confirmed the diagnosis of Marek's but also said that we of course can not by 100% certain until they are able to perform an autopsy on the body. A lot of what he talked to me about has already been discussed by all of...
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