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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Karelp38, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. Karelp38

    Karelp38 Out Of The Brooder

    Hi all

    I'm new here and also new to chickens.

    I'm from South Africa and I have 11 Black Orpingtons.

    My aim is to have 50 hens and 10 roosters in addition to some beef, sheep and pigs. (Everything on small scale)

    So far I've lost 1 chick to Coccidiosis (I think) and 2 to falcons (Sure about that)

    Nowadays my chickens sleep in a stable with nesting boxes and during the day they are in a portable chicken coop, so they are semi-free range.

    Now for my questions [​IMG]

    One of my chickens - 8 months old, is sick. Her tail feathers are pulled to one side. Her one eye is mostly closed and her head tends to slowly move to one side all by itself. I've had her in isolation for a week now and she's not deteriorating. I did give her some charcoal flush, but I'm not sure about the dosage so I'm scared to continue with it.

    Hope to fit in here.

    Cheers.
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] I'm from SA also. I'd suggest you post about your hen in the Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures forum section. The members there can help you figure out what is wrong with her and you should be able to get medicine for her at your local Farmer's co-op, or what are they called now? Landmark. Best of luck and enjoy the site!
     
  3. Karelp38

    Karelp38 Out Of The Brooder

    Thanks Sumi

    Not sure what area you from, but I'm outside Atlantis and the Co-op here is USELESS. I'll go and post it there as you suggested.
     
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG] - hope you find a cure for your hen.
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  6. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    Welcome and enjoy!
    Steve.[​IMG]
     
  7. Teri Metcalf

    Teri Metcalf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Greetings from Texas, and welcome to BYC.
     
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC! Hope your hen gets better.
     
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
     
  10. cypressdrake

    cypressdrake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your hen is staying to herself, moping around, loosing weight, pale crusty comb, I would say cocci. I would treat her with Corrid powder in water her water. Good luck!
     

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