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  1. HollyWoozle

    Should confined layers have extra vitamin D?

    Just a musing really... here in the UK we are on 'flockdown' as many of you know. Since mid-December all captive poultry have had to be kept inside, or at least in a run which is totally sealed off from wild birds (including a roof to stop droppings from wild birds getting in). I really feel...
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    Show me your 'before and after' photos of rescued chickens!

    Just for fun! We sometimes take on ex-battery hens from a charity and it is a joy to watch them regain their health. I have shared our greatest 'before and after' before, Ragnhild, but I'd like to invite some of you to share yours too. I've added Ragnhild here again and sweet Frida too (she...
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    Misinformation Regarding Wormer in the UK

    I am feeling very frustrated and not quite sure what to do. Rightly or wrongly, the only licensed wormer for chickens in the UK is Flubenvet (flubendazole) but there is a natural product, designed to improve gut health, which is continually sold as a wormer by feed stores and websites. The...
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    Alfalfa Pecking Blocks

    As many of you know, here in the UK our chickens are in ‘lockdown’ due to avian flu and must be contained in a roofed/sealed coop or run at all times. Our flock usually have access to a good outdoor space and although they are coping well with their confinement, I am introducing new things from...
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    Question about Worms/Coccidiosis Treatment

    Have treated ill hen for coccidiosis and worms (there's a separate thread about that) - I saw roundworms in her droppings and am pretty sure that she had coccidiosis. I sent poop samples off to be tested, one separate one for her and one mixed sample for the rest of the flock. Individual hen's...
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    Anything else can I do to up Iseult's chances of survival? Long post, sorry!

    I thought Iseult hen was a goner but she is still hanging in there and I am doing what I can to give her a chance, but thought I should check with my 'chicken buddies', ie. BYC members, in case I could be doing more. My post is long and I know the forums are busy but I'll post in case anyone has...
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    Your best recovery stories!

    We currently have a very sick hen and I am 99% sure she will not recover, however it got me thinking about chickens who have recovered against all odds. I thought it might be cheering to hear tales of chickens others have had which have recovered from being very unwell? I have accepted that...
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    What attacked hen (UK)?

    Our hen Speckles was attacked by something today. We are in Bedfordshire, UK, and have never had a chicken attacked by anything other than a fox (and not in recent years). The attack was during daylight hours today and took place inside a small coop which we leave open in the day (most of the...
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    Long term limp? Not an emergency but advice would be helpful (bit long, sorry!)

    Hello chicken pals! I posted back in late July about one of the ex-battery hens we had taken on, Gisela. She arrived on 25th July with a slight limp and by 26th July she was hopping and couldn't put that foot down. No obvious signs of injury, swelling or bruising anywhere and no signs of...
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    What breed is Pingu the rooster?

    I posted elsewhere a few weeks ago about rehoming a new rooster, Pingu. I’m in the UK and there are loads given away for free since people don’t want to keep the males - Pingu was very conveniently located, well cared for and belonged to a little boy before coming to us. The owner (little boy’s...
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    Which are your hardiest chickens?

    Just out of interest... which chickens in your flock are the toughest/hardiest? I was just thinking about this as we have had various breeds over time, but we have six homebred girls (didn't plan to breed but a hen disappeared for a time and we assumed eaten, she was in the hedge on a nest) who...
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    Best breeds for a good-tempered rooster?

    We culled our rooster Olaf last year after he became nasty with the hens. It grieved us as he was excellent with people, inc. children, and was a nice boy originally, although he accidentally injured some hens (before a pedicure) and then turned aggressive with the girls over time. We've only...
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    Rescue hen with serious limp (video).

    I am happy to say that I collected four new rescue hens yesterday - the last of my previous rescues all passed on sadly but we still have ten other hens in the family flock which these will join after a few weeks of living separate. They were taken from a battery farm in the morning then...
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    Emerald has Water Belly

    Hi chicken pals! I just wanted to ask some opinions on water belly, what causes it and what we can do to prevent it please. Apologies for the length. I will start by saying that I am 99.9% sure that Emerald hen cannot be saved and will need to be culled (today ideally). Our family flock lives...
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    Wood vs. plastic for nest boxes?

    Good morning from Bedfordshire, UK. :D I would love to hear your opinions on nest boxes please! Currently we have two pairs of traditional wooden nest boxes which have been in the chicken shed for most of my life. They are lovely and the chickens like them well enough but they are starting to...
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    Hen making very odd noise!

    Hi BYC team! This lunchtime one of our hens, Idunn, is making a strange noise which I have never heard before. At first I thought she might just be upset - my brother mentioned to my mum that he saw some evidence of the fox around and some of the other chooks do seem a bit unsettled. However...
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    Hens increasing in confidence since rooster culled!

    I just thought I'd share an observation of mine, although perhaps it's an obvious one to some. A few months ago we culled our rooster, Olaf. It was a hard decision for us as he was excellent with people (including the children in our family) and was not initially difficult with the hens, but...
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    Spraying chickens' feet for mites when weather is cold?

    Morning! I just wanted to ask some opinions please (as usual!) - I have been spraying our flock's feet quite regularly as we had a serious problem with scaly leg mites. It's hard to know if they have totally gone but feet are all looking much improved and I want to keep on top of the situation...
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    Chlorhexidine vs Vetericyn?

    Please can someone tell me when they would use chlorhexidine and when they would use vetericyn? I see both mentioned regularly but I made a search on here (and Googled) but couldn't find a clear answer as to when you would use which. I am updating my first aid kit, which I have posted about on...
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    Show me your best chicken selfies!

    As the title, show me your best selfies with your chickens! Mine is definitely my avatar on here - Ragnhild loves a selfie. :lau I look forward to seeing yours!
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