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Monday, October 9, 2017

Raphael the Mommy Chicken! (and Poultry Update)

I started this post awhile ago so I'm also including a poultry update.

Raphael, one of my Australorp chickens, went broody and hatched five chicks! (She started with six eggs but one of the eggs broke and the chick inside died) They did very well together. Raphael went her own way when they were mostly feathered. Around then four of the five started crowing! I traded three of the cockerels to Harvey Ussery for two pullets. Those two pullets are settling in with the layer flock well. I am going to move the two remaining birds that Raphael hatched (Tufty is the girl; Rose is the boy) in with them as soon as I can get one more roost up in the chicken coop.
Raphael's sickness was covered in two past posts. She is all better now and was a great mommy!

For more info check out the below links!

Harvey Ussery's Website, The Modern Homested
Australorp Chicken - The Livestock Conservancy
All the other poultry are doing well. Fenway got bumble foot but got better from that. Then Commit got bumble foot! She has a wrap on now and is getting better. All seven of the ducks are doing great and I'm sure are dabbling away in the rain (the first rain we've had in about a month!!). 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Duck Journal: Slideshow: Weeks 2.5 - 4

For a duckling update see Duck Journal: Weeks 2.5 - 4 .
Watch a slideshow of some very cute ducklings! ☺


Duck Journal: Weeks 2.5 - 4

The ducklings are four weeks old already!
(OK, so it does feel like I've been scooping duck poop for my entire life, but hey, their cute!)
I mean really cute!

Everyone is doing great! They are now walking all the way from their brooder where they sleep at night to their outside run during the day! They are getting strong!!
(Photos taken on Mother's day, the 14th)

(For more photos watch the slideshow! See Duck Journal: Slideshow: Weeks 2.5 - 4 .

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Duck Journal: Slideshow: Day 1 - Week 2.5 (Watch on YouTube!)

Watch how fast they grow! It's hard to believe they are already going to all be three weeks on Wednesday! (Some will be three weeks on Monday!)

Follow the link below to watch the slideshow!


The setup!
Duke with the ducks! 😊

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Duck Journal: The first week! (Almost)

We got the ducklings on Thursday, the 20th. We were planning on getting only four but because only six hatched, we ended up with everyone.

All the ducklings are Silver Appleyards. (Also known as Appleyards. Silver Appleyard is the only recognized color.) I have two (Indy and Jyn (Yes, named after the Star Wars character Jyn Erso) that will grow up to be white. The other four will be "Silver Appleyard" colored. (The photo on the link to the Livestock Conservancy website is a drake.)

One of the ducklings, Indy (one of the white ones), has (had) a bent over foot. It was bent/curled up so she was walking on her ankle. We used many different splints and braces made from pipe cleaners, vet wrap and tape. (More on this later!) It is getting better.

Everyone is in the brooder!

The favorite pastime of standing in the food had an unwanted side affect, pooping in the food!

Asleep in the food!

The setup!
We added a heat lamp with a regular bulb in it to add some extra heat in the eating/drinking area for the first week.

Enjoying the heating plate! You can see Indy's wrapped foot well in this photo. She is closest to the camera!
Sleepy babies! 😊

Indy with her/his splint

They grow so fast!
First field trip outside!

This is so fun!
The ducklings loved their field trip outside!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Wellspring Farm Poultry Hospital: Raphael: Day 2

Raphael spent the night in her crate. In the morning we gave her some mash made out of pelleted chicken feed, olive oil, water, and slippery elm bark syrup (recipe). She ate the mash all up. Her crop was slightly smaller and had less fluid in it. She also had a very small, liquidy poop. She also got a red light treatment. (See post Wellspring Farm Poultry Hospital: Raphael: Day 1) We gave her a  2-3 tablets of arsenicum homeopathic dissolved in 3cc of water. We gave her a dose once every hour until she went outside in the afternoon. In the afternoon we let her outside to be with the rest of the flock. She did well and went to bed with them.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Wellspring Farm Poultry Hospital: Raphael: Day 1

Raphael, one of my Australorp hens (See links below), has been looking sick. She's been a little droopy lately and has been standing all bunched up with her neck tucked in.

We felt her crop and it felt like a water balloon, about golf ball size. we have treated many hens with these symptoms and so we decided to make her vomit up the gunk in her crop. (Watch a different chicken being vomited that has impacted crop Here) Nothing much came out. We brought her inside and put her in a wire dog crate in our basement with pine shavings and water. Normally if the chicken has sour crop your not supposed to give it water for the first 12 hours. However, the liquid that came out of her crop did not smell bad like it does when a chicken has sour crop.  The yeast infection makes the stuff smell bad.

We gave her 2-3 tablets of Nux Vomica homeopathic dissolved in 3cc of water and gave it to her with a syringe every hour. We also gave her two Red Light treatments, one on her crop and one to acupuncture points (view PDF Here). She had one poop after we had had her inside for a few hours. Her crop also got slightly smaller and less fluid filed. She started eating shavings so we put her on a towel to stand on and a perch made from a tree branch in preparation for the night. She got on the perch and went to sleep as soon as it got dark.
Symptoms and Treatment for Sour Crop - Lucky Hens Rescue
Massaging Impacted Crop - YouTube
Australorp - Wikipedia
Australorp - My Pet Chicken
Australorp - The Livestock Conservancy