Hi folks! And- what breeds do I have?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by austinclarksf, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. austinclarksf

    austinclarksf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2012
    Hi folks,

    I'm a 24 year old Californian serving an Americorps apprenticeship on an organic vegetable farm in Albuquerque New Mexico. My family got chickens a few years ago, and I've been working around them for a couple years, but not directly with them. I'd never owned a chicken until about three weeks ago.

    I just got three chickens as a Christmas present! My girlfriend got me the girls three weeks ago, and I'm joining the forums because I've noticed an issue with my oldest girl's eye. If you know about such issues- please check my post at the end of this thread- https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/730354/under-one-eye-is-red-puffy-pictures-please-advice

    Also- neither of us are familiar with breeds. My dad told me the oldest black/grey hen is a plymouth rock. What about the other two? The oldest is Mama Cass, the blonde is Mary Travers, and the brown girl is Buffy St. Marie. Only Mama Cass is laying, even though we were told they were all May 28th babies. I can get better pictures if needed!



  2. Mac14

    Mac14 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 21, 2012
    Northern California
    At first I thought I knew, but now I don't really know.
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Great to have you here! Welcome to the wonderful world of chickens! I am no chicken ID expert but I would say the gray speckled one is a barred rock - a color variation in Plymouth rocks. The rumpless one looks like an araucauna or an aracauna mix to me. I can't make out the third well enough to make a guess. You also might post your eye question here for more advice. Best of luck to you! https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
  5. austinclarksf

    austinclarksf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2012
    Thanks for the ID's! I'll post better pictures tomorrow of the blonde and the brunette.

    The eye problem is as follows:

    I've had the girls for three weeks, and the first week or so all the girls were fine. After the second week, I first noticed some 'spittle' in my oldest plymouth rock's eye. A few days later, she also stopped laying completely (5 days now, from once a day/every other day) Her behavior and breathing have been completely normal, her eye just seems to have spittle in it. A couple things happened around this time, so I really don't know what this could be or what triggered it.

    First, the temp at night dropped to an average of 5-15 degrees from around 30, which could explain the egg dropoff. (I got them a timed heat lamp this week, after this eye spittle didn't go away, but no eggs yet after 2 nights) This chicken came from a cage with about 30 ducks and 10 chickens, so I'm thinking the change in temp at night could have got her sick?

    Secondly, the day before I noticed this, the chicken in question got pooped on. Directly on her head, and over her eyes. She'd decided to nest directly under the roosting pole. I moved some nesting boxes under the pole to eliminate this problem. I didn't think anything of it, and didn't clean it off of her because she was dunking her head in some water already.

    The spittle in her eye showed up the next day, and has come and gone for the past week. In the mornings, it's there, in the evening, it's gone, and visa-versa. Today I came home and the spittle was dripping from her eye. So, I grabbed her and washed her eye out with some water. I noticed a significant red bump right by her tear duct, where the spittle is exuding from. I cleaned her eye area up with a soft wet rag, trying to scrape off what looked like poop from around her eye. She did not seem irritated when I would press or touch the raised area.

    So, is this an eye infection or a respiratory issue? Chickens love to dig their heads in all kinds of stuff, it's strange to me that some poop on her head would get her sick.

    Her left eye is in question. I took them after spraying her eye down with water, ignore the matted feathers. But, the spittle is already visibly coming back. The pictures of her right eye are blurry (I took about a dozen but she's not used to being held) but you can clearly see how raised the bump is in contrast. When she looks at you straight on, the bump is so raised you can't see her eye.


  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Sorry I cant help with your hen, but Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D
  7. Crafty-Duck

    Crafty-Duck Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 27, 2012
    Lucky Duck Pond
  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] x2 Redsoxs' advice.
  9. Fowl Mouth

    Fowl Mouth Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 15, 2012
    Midwest USA
    Welcome! I just wanted to mention, keep Mama Cass away from ham sandwiches please... [​IMG]
  10. chickenpooplady

    chickenpooplady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2012
    My Coop
    [​IMG] from Highland County Ohio!!!

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