Thanks for those helpful tips...where can I find your chart of chicken ailments? Is it on the meet up site...I didn't see an attachment on this post...or missed it....
Also, I just rec'd this am, at 4:15am (!!) a batch from murray mc murray...they are great. Lora-after the Long Beach meet up you mentioned interest in a couple of polish? Just got six more!! There is one golden that is about a month old that is ready if you would like her...
Okay-thanks for all the info and support people!! Kelli
Green Acres-Green Lab Urban Farm
"farm living for city folks"
On Monday, June 14, 2010, at 08:51AM, "Linda" <[address removed]> wrote:
Mary Ann's Chicken
She may have a sinus infection. Remove her from the flock immediately so she does not spread the infection. I’ve attached a helpful chart on all chicken ailments, so you may be able to see what the issues are before they become fatal to the rest of your chickens.
A sinus infection is easily treated with antibiotics you can get at a feed store. Just make sure to not eat her eggs until two weeks after she has completed her treatment.
I ran into this problem recently when I went out to Sun Valley to buy pullets- a man raising chickens and exotic birds in his back yard. He was someone recommended by one of our members.
Not knowing one thing about infection, I plunged myself into their coop and pulled out 14 pullets. We know by now not to introduce any new girls immediately into our flock at home, because one may be ill. Good thing we used this precaution, but it wasn’t enough. Upon return to the house, half of the new pullets died within a few days and we ended up introducing the infection through our shoes, to the rest of the flock and contaminated our girls inadvertently. We lost a few mature hens and some are still in quarantine.
Now we have a diluted bleach footbath in front of each entrance to the coop to make sure we don’t spread disease. This is essential when you have come from a chicken place that you know nothing about. It may seem paranoid, but it’s the best way of protecting your girls.
As a result, we will no longer be buying chickens from back yard growers. It’s not worth the risk. Fortunately, there are a few of us chicken enthusiasts who live close to one another, so we are now planning on only ordering from MacMurrays. It seems the safest way to ensure the health of the flock.
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