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ImageCajuninKy
Mar 22, 2011 11:59 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I have had quite a rough day with my chickens today. Losing a chicken is something you have expect but it's never pleasant. Today was just such a day. One of my young Red Sex Link hens layed an egg that was too big for her at her young age and the damage killed her. I sure hated to lose her as she was just starting her laying career. But worse yet was thinking of the pain she must have been in.

Then I had to put down a game cock that had been blinded in a fight and had no hope of recovery. Please do not make the mistake of thinking I fight chickens. He was a pet who got attacked by a much larger big stock roo when I was not at home. I hated to lose him as I was very fond of him but it was the only humane thing to be done.

And, as if all that was not enough, I found another hen in trouble when I made a late gather of the eggs. She is another of my young Red Sex Link hens. I had been doctoring her for a couple of weeks because she had an egg break inside her. She had done well and I returned her to the big coop in the middle of the day. She had later layed an egg and as near as I can figure, there was still some broken shell inside her and it did a good bit of damage coming out. She had lost a considerable amount of blood. I put her in a small cage with plenty of fresh water and will feed her some soft food in the morning. She is inside where she will stay warm tonight and seems to be doing OK. I pray she will continue to improve.
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ImageCajuninKy
Mar 23, 2011 6:09 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
My sick hen looks about the same this morning. Still has fairly loose stool but very little blood. She got down off her roost to eat some bread and chick crumbles. I hope that is a good sign.
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ImageCajuninKy
Mar 26, 2011 11:27 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
She looks good now and I am about to go put her back in with the others. Hoping she does well with no further problems. Poor little girl has been through the ringer.
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ImageCajuninKy
Mar 26, 2011 9:33 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I checked on the hen after dark and she was doing fine. Hope she has a good night.
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Imagedahlianut
Apr 8, 2011 9:25 AM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
Group hug
porkpal
Apr 8, 2011 3:04 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Happy ending!
Porkpal
ImageCajuninKy
Apr 8, 2011 8:09 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
Sad update and a strange twist. She was doing well and then I found her hind end covered with blood again. She died. Then I found two more hens with bloody hind ends and started to think it might be coccidiosis. I stayed out there a while and found the culprit. Two of the RSL hens were "eating" the others. It made no sense. They are not crowded, they get plenty good food, scraps and tankage. They get meat scraps so they should have plenty protien in their diets. I moved those 2 into a small coop by themselves and have had no more problems of the same sort.

Fast forward to day before yesterday. Saphire, my game hen who was setting on bantam eggs, hatched 3 chicks. I had to move her out of the big pen so I could get food and water in for the chicks. The big hens would have eaten their crumble and the duck would have wallowed in their water. I moved the 2 canible hens to the big layer pen and put Saphire and her chicks in the smaller pen. They are doing fine. Checked on the layer pen yesterday. One of the canible hens was fine. The other was nearly eaten alive. She had sat with her head through the wire and the others had nearly eaten her hind end up all around her rump bump. I rescued her and brought her down to the house where I sprayed her with "purple" spray, slathered her with sulfur salve and put her in a small wire cage. She layed an egg today and seems to be doing well. I will apply the meds again tomorrow.

Do you guys ever have days like these?
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Imagedahlianut
Apr 8, 2011 8:23 PM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
Sad Group hug Sad Group hug o cajun Sad Group hug Sad Group hug
ImageCajuninKy
Apr 8, 2011 8:48 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
On a happy note, I sold 2 dozen eggs today and picked up 15 eggs from the nests!
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Imagedahlianut
Apr 8, 2011 8:52 PM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
As you know I'm SO greeeeeeeeen with jealously about your fresh eggs Smiling
ImageCajuninKy
Apr 8, 2011 8:54 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
DH and I eat a half dozen each morning for breakfast and we know enough to appreciate being able to have such good fresh eggs. Do you have any chickens?
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Imagedahlianut
Apr 8, 2011 9:07 PM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
Dear CajunKY I live on a city lot in a city of over a million peoples. T'was only last year that they even allowed us to have chickens (geesh) I am about as urban as you can get which is why I luv that Peppy and Peppermint the skunks live under my garden shed. I live vicariously through you and cousin Grownut and Doctor DoLotz and porkpal and I'm REALLY lucky that I have a market a 5 minute walk from my house where all the peoples who live on ranches and farms bring their stuff. Otherwise I would be hooped. I usually eat 4 eggs every day. Fresh eggs and fresh chickens from the market. Luv my rural neighbours Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
porkpal
Apr 8, 2011 9:22 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Are Peppy and Peppermint planning to add to their family this year?
Porkpal
ImageCajuninKy
Apr 8, 2011 9:24 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I lived in a small "city" for 6 years and it was pure misery to my aching soul. We lived on the busiest corner in town and there was no peace to be had. I was still able to garden in my flower beds and we rented a 10 stall barn 4 miles out of town.We had a good number of our horses there along with the goats, pigs, chickens, guard dog and barn cat. We also leased a farm with a friend so we could get away from the city life. If not, I would have shriveled up and died. We live in the country now. I miss the barn, the farm and the flatter ground but the peace and quiet here go a long way in making up for it. I square foot garden on a bit of my precious flat ground. I have several pens of chickens, a goat lot that stretches up the hillside and a horse lot out front. I also have the nicest little creek a few feet out my front door. If I sleep with my bedroom window open I can listen to it chuckle happily over the rocks.

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ImageCajuninKy
Apr 8, 2011 9:25 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
Are they wild skunks or pets?
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porkpal
Apr 8, 2011 9:26 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
How delightful!

(I was referring to the creek, but I'm sure the skunks are quite charming too.)
Porkpal
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ImageCajuninKy
Apr 8, 2011 9:29 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
Please tell us about the skunks. I'm Ears perked up!
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Imagedahlianut
Apr 8, 2011 9:34 PM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
CajunKY me and my true luv scrinched our brains really hard about just that. We would both like to be on a ranch. However we both work in the city and with the snowfullness in the time of the cold and the dark it's oft hard to travel. Also when we get older who will we care for our ranch; we don't have children Sad

porkpal I have already picked out names for the babies Smiling But unfortunately my true luv is afraid of skunks Rolling my eyes. so Appleblossom, Petri and Stinky will just have to be our little secret buddy Whistling
Imagedahlianut
Apr 8, 2011 9:41 PM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
O do-si-do. These are wild skunks. They're taking over the city. They are pffftting peoples left and right Rolling on the floor laughing Of coursley I was ok with Peppy and Peppermint moving in and so was the crazy ole cat. He made friends with them right away (good thing cuz Peppy is twicely the size of the crazy ole cat.) So here we be. They do trash my hostas in the spring refreshing their nest but other than that Smiling My tru luv is scared of them though. Funky weird cuz 'Why?' when the crazy ole cat is good with them. These are the little hums that I think about.
ImageCajuninKy
Apr 9, 2011 7:36 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
Did you know if you catch a baby skunk before it is 3 months old it cannot spray? You can have it demusked and they are said to make good pets eccept for that pesky nocturnal thing. But they do carry rabies and they will kill chickens. They are a member of the weasil family.
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