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Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by chickenman98, Jun 6, 2010.
Splayed baby passed away over night
I'm so sorry to hear that.
Hi everyone! I just bought my daughter two polish chicks. Her 13th birthday is next month and I had the chance to get some and I did. I was just wondering at what age I will be able to tell what they are. I plan on reading this thread, but though I'd ask. Also can you tell me what color these might be.
Thanks...tried so hard to save this chick. Was the 1st one hatched at day #19... such a bbeautiful chick too. None of the others had her coloring. So far lost 2, with the 3rd close behind, but the other 7 are just amazing! !!!! They are so cute!!!! And each one looks different! !!
I am such a trust oriented person where the chickens are concerned and have never pried or propped open a beak. I worry about meds going down into the lungs instead of down the throat. Everyone has their success method and I was just sharing mine.
My vet showed how to shove a syringe down the throat of a Silkie. I showed him how my Silkie takes meds without shoving. She allows us to dose her directly and she drinks medicine right from the dropper/syringe or she'll lap up every bit of medicine no matter what it is if we cup the dosage in the palm of our hand. If a drop falls on the counter she'll lap that up too. He was amazed.
Saw on a youtube video and was so impressed with the drop on the side of the beak method that I never needed any other method with all our breeds. Our older hens are easy to dosage this way. The newer pullets are getting the hang of it. They know we don't force and they are willing to let us dropper on their side beaks. I enjoy using this method of trust with the girls.
Aren't these chickens the sweetest and most wonderful to learn about!
I would love to see that link to the video. When I used this it was to get a sick bird to eat. I had wet the food down and rolled it up in soft pellets. Once I got the food sitting on her tongue she went ahead and ate it and finally started feeding herself. I rescued a dove that ran into a window and put her eye out that learned to drink from a syringe. I didn't have her but two days before I got her to a wildlife rescue.
I WISH I had bookmarked the video that showed the girl putting the drops on the side of the beak of her chicken. Young people are so patient with animals and always come up with great ways to handle them and this girl was very calm and easygoing and her chicken just lapped up the medicine on the side of the beak. Most chicken medicine videos on youtube all show people holding down their chicken between their legs or with their arms wrapped around their bodies and forcing the beaks open and that is so counterproductive both for trust issues and for getting the medicine into the chicken. We can touch our chickens anywhere on their face, neck, or beaks and not get the automatic recoiling or flinching that chickens automatically seem to do when they see a human hand near their head.
My Silkie sucks on droppers/syringes directly in little increments or laps it up with her tongue from the palm of our hand. All our other chickens we put drops on the side of their beak. Our Leghorn always wants to shake the first drop off but after getting a taste will start licking up subsequent drops where the upper and lower beak line meets at the sides. We've never had to admister more than 0.2 cc liquid so it's been easy so far. If we had to administer more than that it would probably have to be down the gullet and I will not look forward to it if that ever arises - but will be willing to do whatever needs to be done.
For us with only 4 hens we have the luxury of pampering our girls. For people with large flocks it is not so easy to waste time or effort to use small flock methods and I can understand that.
We kept feeding a disabled female House Finch our first year chickeneering. She had either a broken, injured, or deformed foot and couldn't stand on the feeder with the flock because she couldn't grip and they kept pushing her off. After the main flock ate and flew off we refilled the feeder and she flew down to sit alone in the middle of the dish and pick at the seeds around her. We never saw her after that first season but hoped we made the quality of her life a little bit better for a while anyway.
Here is my golden laced rooster
He's a good looking bird! I have one golden laced, a hen. Meet Spud: