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Think no more Chickens for me
January 13, 2014
1:47 pm
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Linda Goble
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I thought Chickens were to be easy….  I lost 3 last year cause I over fed them…  Who would of thought that you can do that….  They had fatty livers….  I had another one that had a infection in her foot and took her to  vet and had injection of antibiotic in foot and that didn’t work so I had to separate her and give her oral medication.  That didn’t work so I figured I would lose her eventually   Luckily what ever was in her foot broke open and she is better. In July a neighbor raised 3  for me with hers…  Now I have another sick one  one that the neighbor raised for me…. She had diarrhea really bad… I treated them all for worms.  Brought her in the house to separate her and keep her warm….  Tried apple cider vinegar, olive oil. took her to a vet put her on antibiotic and she was improving and now she is suffering waiting for her to die the last 3 days… She is not eating or drinking…  I notified the vet  and told her  I want a autopsy done on her cause another one has  been having runny poop now….   What am I doing wrong…  I thought I take really great care of them.   I can say it breaks my heart that she is suffering right now….  I can’t end her life I wish she just would die…

January 15, 2014
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I can certainly understand how you must feel if she is a pet, but cant the vet do something for her instead of letting her suffer? We as pet owners have that option not to let our pets suffer if there is absolutley no hope for them to get better, we have been though it many times, it is difficult but we had peace knowing we did not let them suffer.

  "Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting some sort of battle."

January 15, 2014
1:08 pm
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Linda Goble
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I am still giving Gretta antibiotic water in case  it might do something for her…  I don’t want to pay to have her put down either.  These Chickens have cost me so much money on vet bills…  I am just keeping her comfy.  Hubby said he would put her down  but I can’t have him have that image on his mind all the time…  every morning I am amazed she is still here… I really didn’t plan on my chickens to become pets, that is just the way I am… Hubby has told me over and over that these are farm animals so no more trips to the vet..  The vet I saw the last time for her didn’t charge me to exam her…  My other hen I don’t see having runny poop so must of been a one time thing…

January 16, 2014
7:58 pm
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Oh Linda, I’m sorry you are going through this.  I know what you mean, chickens are supposed to be easy, right?  We started out a few years ago with a few chickens that I got here and there on Craigs List. I wanted a variety of hens. Got six or so and promptly lost one of those. Then I got a few more from another place and one of those died. So, I ended up with two roosters (they were supposed to be hens) and six hens. They did well until one of the roosters ended up with what I think was Marek’s disease. Took him to the vet, she couldn’t diagnose Marek’s (they don’t know for sure unless an autopsy is done). I spent so much money on that rooster! I wish vets had lower rates, couldn’t believe how much it cost just to have him looked at. Oh! And that rooster was attacked by a red tailed hawk – I should have had the vet put him down then but instead I had her treat him, he got stitches in his wattles and head, multiple medicines and antibiotics!  Much babying by us. That darned rooster lived for quite a long time – over a year after all that he went through.  All was well until suddenly he started to attack us! After all that babying, taking him in the house, treating him with antibiotics, etc., he decided we were his enemy. Couldn’t walk around the yard unless we carried a stick or rake! Many times I ended up with bruises on the back of my legs. We have grandchildren and so we finally had to do something about him and luckily our local Agway has a “rooster program” to help people relocate (not sure they’re all relocated but I’m not asking any questions!) their roosters. Now I have eight hens, and again two roosters! I adopted an easter egger hen and a bantam silkie rooster and the two roos get along, the girls are great so I guess my point is don’t give up! My hens have runny poo once in a while but they all bounce back. I do clean their coop regularly, feed regular layer pellets and give them cracked corn on cold mornings and maybe before they go in for the night. They free range occasionally but we have hawks so I can’t let them out all of the time. I hope things turn around for you – I love my hens and really appreciate when they lay their beautiful delicious eggs!

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January 17, 2014
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DeniseS
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There is a lady named Terry who has a website: hencam.com  She has all kinds of information on raising chickens and under a section called FAC’S information and solutions to problems.  Perhaps this might help you out.

January 17, 2014
5:35 pm
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Linda Goble
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Thanks for all the advice and the website I will certainly look at it… 

Be careful giving them crack corn along with layer feed.  Cause 3 of  my first ones died of fatty liver and I gave them scratch  feed and little dry oatmeal and I over fed them and that cause them to have fatty liver.  

 

I had my hens out yesterday and I saw a hawk go after them  they ran for shelter under a pine tree….  Now I need to  be extra careful when I let them out.

My one hen inside here just looks at the food and just won’t eat or she hardly drinks…  I don’t know how she is hanging on…  She must have a will to live…  I been trying all kinds of things to get her to eat anything…  It is really sad.  I go down in morning hoping she will be gone..

March 11, 2014
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I’m sorry that you’re having so many troubles with your hens Linda. One thing I will note ~ and it’s not a slam because I don’t know your vet, but most vets know very little about ‘farm animals’. Particularly if they have a thriving pet practice, I avoid them for any of mine (I raise rabbits, chickens, guineas, peafowl, Muscovy and Pekin ducks, goats, pigs, and have a rescue donkey in addition to my cats and dogs). My advice to you would be to check out a website called backyardchickens.com. It’s an awesome (and huge) group of people, well laid out categories including several for diseases and treatment. One thing you will notice right away is that no one takes their chickens to a vet. Most owners actually end up knowing more if they keep chickens for more than a few months or years.

I have 5 gallon buckets with animal species written on the sides full of a medicine cabinet for each. My goats and pigs require three buckets each. I have IVs, all sorts of bandages, ointments, sprays, injections, needles, bloodwork tubes, kidding and farrowing equipment, etc.

I started with a can of bag balm (I now make my own herbal ointment that I use on everything including myself … except the cats lol). Having worked as a vet tech for quite a while, I was fairly well versed in vet care ~ but NOT in animal husbandry. Again, nothing against veterinarians … but they hand out lots of drugs, and in the case of farm animals they frequently hand out unnecessary ones. Antibiotics are an awesome tool, and sometimes very necessary. They will also strip the gut bacteria ~ and that means you need to feed probiotics.

I’ve lost chicks, but I’ve never lost an adult chicken to disease, and only one to injury (my Pyr ‘loved’ it into a coma :-( My poultry eats everything. The ducks, guineas, peafowl, and yard roosters are truly free roaming. They eat goat food, donkey food, pig food, dog and cat food, in addition to their own. They stomp in under the pigs and goats and I used to worry … but this is natural. My hens eat bugs, worms, mice, and other creepy things that make me cringe. They root through every type of poop they can find. This is also natural. They lay eggs all winter and the rest of the year except when they molt. My normal feed for them includes a layer pellet, but also BOSS (black oil sunflower seeds), milo, oats, scratch, barley, and produce. They love cabbage tether balls and apple dunking games. I hang a five gallon bucket in the bunny barn with holes drilled about 2 inches up and toss in old fruit ~ which the flies lay eggs in. The hens call this their ‘fast food’ place. It grosses me out, but it’s absolutely healthy for them as well as natural fly control.

I’m telling you all this because you shouldn’t give up. I know it’s frustrating and can be heartbreaking sometimes. I have lost chicks ~ one spring I lost more than 3/4 of the ones I bought (actually went back to the feed store for more 3 times!). I found out a few months later that the hatchery had a bad spring with diseases and kept selling. Now I avoid that hatchery. Something else you should know is that animals will die sometimes. Because we raise meat animals along with dairy and pets, we humanely end any suffering. Some people can’t do that ~ but we’re trying to live as sustainably as possible. I won’t buy grocery store meat/dairy and contribute to that mess. We now grow most of our own produce (which I can and dehydrate), and this year I’m planting grains as well (because too many feed companies are now tossing in gmo soy). If you love chickens, don’t beat yourself up because things haven’t gone smoothly. Check out that website, talk to people there, ask questions. You’ll get answers, pictures, recipes, feeding charts, and most of all understanding and encouragement.

For the hen that you’re doctoring now, try giving her some yogurt. Plain is great, and if she won’t volunteer to eat it, use a small syringe. Give her a few cc’s mixed with water or better yet, pedialyte. Think about how cruddy antibiotics can make you feel ~ but the yogurt will help. You can also add one of the chick electrolite packets to her water. Plain baby vitamins (no iron) are another thing you should keep on hand for poultry. Cooked rolled oats or hard boiled egg yolks are something almost any chicken will eat when they are feeling poorly ~ and both are good for them. I hope that your girlie starts to pick up and does better, but if she doesn’t, you know that you’ve done everything you can. That matters. Be kind to you as well as your hens!

June 20, 2014
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