Shadrach's Ex Battery and Rescued chickens thread.

topochico225

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Inexperience.

I discovered the local pet shop stocked dried meal worms and offered them to the hens. They looooved them and I gave way too many for about a month, with cheese sometimes too.

Peggy is the littlest and she got very sick. First Mark the vet thought it was her pancreas, so we put her on special enzymes. No real improvement. So he x-rayed her and it showed something inside her was enlarged and pushing her intestines out of place. So he opened her up to take a look and found hepatic lipidosis. Closed her up again and prescribed a strict healthy diet, which I've stuck to for about a year or so. She's doing great these days. I take her back for a check up every three months and Mark says she's thriving now.

Mealworms are a rare treat now, and I got them switched over to cottage cheese too (oddly, cheese was one of the ingredients in the strict diet).
That’s how one of my RIR pullets died! I wrote an article about it, you should check it out. Has necropsy results as well

Sorry, tax :p
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Marie2020

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You are doing well :)

In picture 5 it looks like a face is peeping out :D
 

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Inexperience.

I discovered the local pet shop stocked dried meal worms and offered them to the hens. They looooved them and I gave way too many for about a month, with cheese sometimes too.

Peggy is the littlest and she got very sick. First Mark the vet thought it was her pancreas, so we put her on special enzymes. No real improvement. So he x-rayed her and it showed something inside her was enlarged and pushing her intestines out of place. So he opened her up to take a look and found hepatic lipidosis. Closed her up again and prescribed a strict healthy diet, which I've stuck to for about a year or so. She's doing great these days. I take her back for a check up every three months and Mark says she's thriving now.

Mealworms are a rare treat now, and I got them switched over to cottage cheese too (oddly, cheese was one of the ingredients in the strict diet).
As soon as I can get to a shop I'm buying mine cottage cheese :)
 

MaryJanet

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Not in my life. My family, friends and colleagues make literally colourful group :)

But of course there are many folks who either choose their own or have never had the opportunity to mix.
I owe tax for this non-chicken digression.

I believe two hens is the expected contribution in Shadland.

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MaryJanet

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Apart from space and fencing, are you wanting any other changes to their run?
 

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All of the Aussies have vets that provide care for their chickens. It's not just me. Some of the Americans too.

Maybe the UK is simply not educating enough vets?
I'm apologies beforehand too all dedicated vets...
They are better at accounting than actual caring about animal's.

Even the charity vets let animals down and will only see an animal of it lives in a certain distance from them or postcode.

As for chicken vet???? Where? Their costs are insane. It's all about ££s that's their care first and foremost.

There should be a small SET fee for a visit and a reasonable fee for treatments and as for operations that's another matter depending on time and cost of tools time and difficulty

But the charges shouldn't differ from place to place. That's only my opinion.
 

JacinLarkwell

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All of the Aussies have vets that provide care for their chickens. It's not just me. Some of the Americans too.

Maybe the UK is simply not educating enough vets?
US is in the same no vet boat. I think it's mainly in places that have higher expenses that vets decide it's worth learning about birds. I can get you 4 in my area that do horses and cows, but not chickens or anything besides a cat or dog small animalwise
 

MaryJanet

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US is in the same no vet boat. I think it's mainly in places that have higher expenses that vets decide it's worth learning about birds. I can get you 4 in my area that do horses and cows, but not chickens or anything besides a cat or dog small animalwise
Yeh, I wasn't speaking for every American, only the ones I know, some of whom have access to avian specialist vets.
 

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