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*Update - Unsuccessful Spay. Anyone have experience with Suprelorin implant and/or spay? Egg yolk pe

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kculbert, May 13, 2015.

  1. Chickenwolf

    Chickenwolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im glad big fatty is doung well. Also if you don't already, I would suggest giving them a place to dust bathe. It helps to keep external parasites like leg mites and feather mites away Just in case.

    I had a hen who laid the leathery shell without the yolk and I was sad to see her pass half a year later.
    And has anyone know how to deal with vent discharge and what causes it? I have a few older hens who have a little.
     
  2. kculbert

    kculbert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is so cute! I love her with the feather duster.

    I am so glad Ellie is doing better. I wish I could rejuvenate my legs and feet!

    I am going out of town for two weeks and just keeping my fingers crossed that all will be well when I return. I have a young couple staying here while we are gone but they are not chicken savvy. Someone dropped a soft-shelled egg last night but I'm trying not to read too much into it.

    I'm checking for new feather growth on my frizzle every day. She is one ugly bird right now. Her wing feathers have always looked like spines so unfortunately, I don't think it has anything to do with her current molt. Poor Phyllis Diller.
     
  3. kculbert

    kculbert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickenwolf, sorry about your chicken passing.

    I free-range my girls so they dust bathe all day, usually in my flower beds.

    Big Fatty had a couple of eggs break inside her and she had what looked like a broken white balloon hanging out. I soaked her and gently removed it both times. I flushed her out with a vinegar and water mix. Is it something like that or could it possibly be vent gleet?
     
  4. Chickenwolf

    Chickenwolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's how my hen who passed layed. I didbaths also.
    I don't know what the discharge is. All I know is that it is it is pasty, white and smells foul. No pun intended.
     
  5. Luvmy9hens

    Luvmy9hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    While you are out of town you could always have the couple give the girls calcium supplements. The Cal Nate works great!

    Poor Phyllis Diller :( The frizzles look downright disgusting when their feathers get ragged. Mine had shafts for 2 years! I don't believe that chickens molt their wing feathers every year so it's something we have to live with until they do. When they are fully feathered, they look like ENTIRELY different birds!

    We live not far from Dannemora (8 miles) which has been on the news for the past few days due to the prison break. There are roadblocks that I have to pass through every morning and afternoon on my way to and from work.

    Have a safe trip!
     
  6. kculbert

    kculbert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Was thinking about Ellie and was wondering if she was still doing okay. Also, how is the baby? Everyone seems to be doing okay here and am looking into adding another chicken (Ameraucana) since our eggs have decreased so much.
     
  7. Luvmy9hens

    Luvmy9hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking about your girls as well and glad to hear that they are all OK. Ellie is doing quite well! Feisty as ever (and still in the house). Such a good girl! last week I woke up to find Ellie standing at the foot of the bed on my day off after my husband left for work. I guess she was lonely and wandered in. Lucky for me that she doesn't poop where she shouldn't and that she didn't decide to make a pit stop in the living room to dust bathe in the potted plants :O

    The "baby" is now 7 weeks old and mothering chicks that are 3 weeks! (see pic) [​IMG]
    I gave away my white Silkie rooster but not before grabbing a few eggs to incubate. The chicks are ALL female! I really lucked out! All are different so I am not sure who the mothers are. I have to wait it out since my bantams are a mixed group. I have 2 black cochins, 1 partridge cochin, 1 black frizzle/polish cross, 1 black/brown frizzle, 2 seabrights, 2 cornish game, 1 d'uccle, 1 australorpe, and one that is black/white splash - can't think of her breed :( as I do not see too many like her.

    The oldest chick in the above picture (Betty) LOVES my husband. She's his chick (as are the rest of the chicks that Betty "adopted" when she was only 4 weeks old!) There are 4 tiny ones and Betty. So cute!

    The little one with the leg issues has survived. I tried everything to correct the problem but the leg is much longer than her good one and has limited use. I may have to bring her in to get it amputated at or below the hock. This would allow her to use the hock as a "foot" since her legs would be equal in length without the scaly part and foot. She is beautiful, though. I will take pics of the group in the morning and post so you can get an idea of what I am talking about. They are snuggled up for the night right now as they are all still indoors.
     
  8. kculbert

    kculbert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my GOSH! That is the cutest thing I have ever seen!!! Betty is such a sweet little "mama!"

    I am happy to hear that everyone is doing well. I was worried about Ellie so am very glad to know that she is still around for you to spoil and that she has enough good manners to not poop on your bed. I bought a chicken diaper for my silkie and a little harness when she was young but she would have none of it. She walked backwards to try to get out of the diaper so she went outside. She is broody again and thinks she is invincible. She jumped up in my French Bulldog's face the other day. Luckily he is terrified of her and ran away.

    Poor little chickie. I hope it's okay. I have a thing for three-legged dogs and one-eyed cats so a one-footed chicken sounds perfectly normal to me.

    You are a good chicken mom! Thanks for the update.

    Kimberly
     
  9. mg15

    mg15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    How is Big Fatty.? Does the Superloin work? You said she had some eggs fall out, is she okay on that medicine to stop the ovulation? I am so interested because my A+ died from the egg periontitis and my Speckles had an egg stuck so bad it would not come out, and she was to be spayed and died on the table. Thank you.
    mg
     
  10. kculbert

    kculbert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, it is working so far. She has not laid an egg since she got the implant or shown any sign that she even wants to. No more squatting or interest in the nest box. It only last for 5-6 months so I will have to take her back for a new implant then. I've read that some people find the egg laying issues correct themselves after the chicken has had a break from ovulating but I think I will keep doing the implants. It isn't cheap but my Zelda was at the vet the same time as Big Fatty to be spayed and she died in recovery.

    I have noticed some side effects. She is much quieter and more subdued. I guess it's the hormones but she seems to have lost her sparkle. I don't think she's unhappy but it might be a problem in a less gentle flock. She has managed to keep her spot as top hen but the other girls seem to be following her lead and are all quieter. It's kind of nice. She is going through a pretty heavy molt and her beautiful red comb and wattles are pale. Her comb and wattles look smaller to me too, which is common side effect. I did so love that big beautiful comb and those flappy wattles but I would much rather have her looking a little drab than not have her at all.

    I hope you don't have any further issues with your chickens. I am scared it's going to happen with one of my other girls who has started to drop her eggs at night and lay weird eggs. If her problems get much worse, I go with the Suprelorin again. I do not think I will attempt to go through another spay. Too expensive, too risky and too sad for me.
     

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