Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by farmgail, May 11, 2016.

  1. farmgail

    farmgail New Egg

    May 11, 2016
    Hi! Farmgail here. I have a very small flock of 11 Light Brahmas on a tiny non profit farm in southern Vt.. I use the hens as teachers for clients who have emotional and behavioral issues. The chickens are friendly, easy to clicker train and have the softest feathers.
    We are now beginning to assemble an agility course for them. We have three weave poles up and are working on a ramp to a flat surface and then a down ramp on the other side of the table top. ( flat surface) Next step: cut the bottom out of a garbage can to use as a tunnel. Much fun to be had.

    One of my girls is wheezing and am quite concerned. Have read several suggestions one being to examine the roof of the mouth to see if anything is clogging nostrils. My girl does not want me to do this so she struggles a bit. How can I accomplish this safely ? How do I hold her, keep her mouth open while being gentle so I will not hurt her?? ( no discharge, eating. drinking, seems healthy except for the wheezing )

    Thanks in advance for you help with this.

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Wow exciting project Farmgail ! I have seen a chicken do a agility run ( walk) I believe on youtube years ago., and I have read of folks clicker training their chickens. What a great idea to draw in your clients. More chicken power to you [​IMG].

    I hope your hen will improve. Do you have someone who would hold her while you try to check her throat? Sometimes it helps to wrap the bird in a towel with just the head sticking out, so they don't thrash around.
  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] glad you have joined us.

    Hope there's nothing seriously wrong with the wheezing gal.
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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