Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by aravenschild, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. aravenschild

    aravenschild In the Brooder

    Jun 6, 2009
    Reeds Spring, Mo
    Not sure if this is the right place, but need to ask......

    I recently rescued a small flock of Millie Fluer D'uucles (1 roo & 4 hens), the owner had them in a 3 x 3 rabbit cage, where she kept her "Breeding birds". They are adult birds and very rough looking with plucked areas, the hens are missing feathers on their necks, saddle area, and one is missing her tail. And she was feeding them Old Roy dog food!

    I've got them in a 4 x 8, 5 ft tall holding pen at the moment and they act like they have never seen dirt, and when not eatting tend to huddle. I know this is not normal behavior, but will they come out of it?

    I've checked them over for open wounds (none that I can see), and will get wormer for them when the feed store opens Monday ( should I get vitamins too?) I have them on a equal mix of chick starter and chops, and they are getting fresh greens from the garden.

    Is there anything else I need to be doing for them?

    Thank you in advance for any and all advice.

  2. Uppity Peon

    Uppity Peon Songster

    It sure is nice that you came to their rescue. Poor things!

    I think you are giving them exactly what they need. Care.
  3. aravenschild

    aravenschild In the Brooder

    Jun 6, 2009
    Reeds Spring, Mo
    It didn't start out as a rescue, I was looking for Millies to add to my flock, but once I saw them and the horrible conditions, I just couldn't leave them...............
  4. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Some organic apple cider vinegar in their water to fix GI flora and fauna. They may need it after who-knows-what they've been fed. Vitamins can't hurt. Maybe some Rescue Remedy for calming purposes if they seem very stressed. A body check for bugs. A month long quarantine from any other birds you have.

    And then enjoy...
  5. kagedgoddess

    kagedgoddess Songster

    May 11, 2009
    report the person to animal control if they have others. that is aweful! poor things! when i got new birds, 2 of them, they huddled togeather, kinda like they were scared of me, it stopped in about a week. they were free ranging where i got them and i think werent used to ppl, so they were scared. i still have yet to hold them but theyve learned I bring FOOD, so they do run up Near me, lol. good luck!
  6. AK Michelle

    AK Michelle Bad Girl of the North

    Mar 17, 2009
    Palmer, Alaska
    Glenda Heywood has posted on several threads some excellent recipes for perking birds up and correcting everything from worms and lice to proper digestion.

    Here is a link to a previous thread where she lists how to make a probiotic mash. Give it a quick read, it was very informative. You couled look up some of her other posts as well as she has covered a lot of different topics for restoring health.

    Good luck!
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2009
  7. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    I think you are doing everything just fine. [​IMG]

  8. aravenschild

    aravenschild In the Brooder

    Jun 6, 2009
    Reeds Spring, Mo
    I want to thank all who responded with advice and encouragement so far........

    Thank you
  9. mandelyn

    mandelyn Crowing

    Aug 30, 2009
    Mt Repose, OH
    My Coop
    What I used to do with bad-off not-tame birds was sit by them for awhile, with a tasty treat (usually fruit) and use my hand to attract their attention to the treat, while making chicken "I have food, you want it?" noises. Silly I know... but it sure tamed them down fast, so that they didn't go into fear mode every time I had to change the water, feed, or clean.

    I wanted them to have as little stress as possible, and my presence was stressing them out. So, I spent about an hour at a time with them, getting them used to me, feeding them good stuff, and they came around to accepting the food from my hand.

    Then they quit huddling in the corner, quit squawking in panic when they heard the door open, quit looking scared when I was working in their quarentine cage. When they turned "happy" was about when quarentine was done, so they were able to join the rest of the flock in a confident way.

    These were Golden Seabrights, rescued out of a flea market parking lot, sold in the cage they were kept in... filthy, no water, missing feathers, mites, out in full sun on black top. I beat the guy up on price, telling him everything I'd have to do with those birds, why no one would pay what he was asking, and took them home. I had to "buy" the cage and basically got the birds free. I chucked it into a dumpster in the flea market parking lot.

    The flea market has since banned the sale of animals. They were having issues with puppy mistreatment too. What's wrong with people, putting animals out in full sun with no water on baking hot blacktop??
  10. aravenschild

    aravenschild In the Brooder

    Jun 6, 2009
    Reeds Spring, Mo
    people who do that are not thinking of the animals welfare, but only of the money they can get for them.

    yes, they do panic when I get in the cage with them, so I try to add to that stress as little as possible. As for the huddling, it doesn't appear to be out of fear, I think it may be insecurity, as far as I know they were kept in that small cage from the time she got them. I've only had them since saturday afternoon, so they may still be trying to get accustomed to the new surroundings.

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