Rehoming Four Hens ... But they don't look so good :(

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lynnseym, Aug 22, 2019.

  1. lynnseym

    lynnseym In the Brooder

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    Agree! After seeing where they were living I thought this was just their little area but once I found out she doesn't let them free-range roam anymore because they were eating her veggie garden it made me sad. We are going to take them on and give them a lot of free range space and get their butts back to normal (literally hahah) so thank you everyone for the suggestions.
    ALSO LASTLY: Is chicken lice the same as human lice?
     
  2. lynnseym

    lynnseym In the Brooder

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    I actually don't have any other chickens! These four ladies will be the only ones we have in their new yard and coop. I guess that's what I was worried about!

    My husband's mom owns a chicken farm in North Carolina but she also works a lot so we haven't been able to ask her these questions and since it's a time sensitive issue we really wanted to check with experts!
     
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  3. lynnseym

    lynnseym In the Brooder

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    See this is what my mom said, she was very concerned that because I have the tendency to want to save everything that we are going to be disappointed if they don't do well but in my mind I'm saving them from a crap living situation and bringing them into a good one. IDK what to do to be honest. They really are sweet girls too, they have been handled a lot and we have kids so that was a big thing for me.
     
  4. TinaMarieofFL

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    Not the same bug but still a parasite.
     
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  5. TinaMarieofFL

    TinaMarieofFL Songster

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    I'd save them even if they never laid another egg their entire life. Since they've been handled so much, they will be fun for sure!
     
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  6. ausmumof3

    ausmumof3 Chirping

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    When mine went really raw like that and mite treatment didn’t work I ended up giving a calcium and vit d supplement and it resolves. Apparently if they get calcium deficient they eat the feathers to try and make it up.

    Edited to add they were free ranging and on basically the best layer mix available at the time. It’s just that they were exceptional layers and I think all the shell forming eventually depleted them.
     
  7. 21hens-incharge

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    This makes me wonder why she is in a giant rush to be rid of them.......

    Sorry dear I agree with your mom. I would pass on these birds. It would be heartbreaking for your kids to get attached for them to start dying off really soon.
     
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  8. lynnseym

    lynnseym In the Brooder

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    Thanks everyone for your answers! I'll give you an update soon on what we decide!
     
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  9. Quackter

    Quackter Songster

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    I'd suggest hitting them with poultry powder as I was putting them in the box to bring them home. Quarentine them if you have the space. The one hen that has all her feathers is probably the boss eating the feathers off the other hens' backs, if it's malnourishment.
     
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  10. BGcoop

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    Bird lice can not survive on humans. (They may bite as a test though)
     

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