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Mon 2-Apr-12
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will do, she's a game bird, so they are very tiny - she's wandering around fine this morning and it feels a bitmean isolating her as she hangs around with the other two game birds and I don't think they are the ones pecking her, it's the greedy marans and new hampshires.

Mon 2-Apr-12
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Janet, is there enough room to house the other two game hens with the poorly one (if you are sure they are not attacking her). It would certainly make her feel more cosy & also would make for a better re-introduction to the flock when/if she recovers enough for that to happen. 

Does her rear end smell OK once you have cleaned it up.....what I am not so delicately asking is, does it smell as if an egg has gone bad inside her? Sometimes this happens & that is very bad news. I think you would have noticed this & mentioned it, but it is something to look out for. If her rear end is still sore & very red, rub on some aloe gel or better still, aloe & propolis cream. I am a huge fan of these products as I use them on both myself & all my animals. It was a vet who told me to use them....they are brilliant.

Lots of luck to you & the sick hen.  big_hug

 

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Mon 2-Apr-12
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Slightly different but cleaned up Momogie's bottom this morning, he is an elderly rabbit that gets poo stuck around the base of his tail that I have to cut free every so often. He was very well behaved as usual. Good chance for a nice cuddle too.

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Mon 2-Apr-12
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Didn't notice any rotten eggy sort of smell Nadine, she seems fine today, although still has a black (dried blood) bottom, but nothing fresh looking. however I've also now found I have an egg eating new hampshire - I caught her today eating a game bird egg - never rains but it pours. Have to deal with that now, but I think I'm going to have a go at segregating the game birds for a while.

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Bit like having two year olds again! Hope you get it sorted, I know it is a worry

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Thanks Aly...all quiet on the western front today. all looking happy, found 1 eaten egg shell, and one just pecked - little buggers!

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Seems like you will have to be quick off the mark collecting the eggs for a while.

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Terrier said:

Thanks Aly¦all quiet on the western front today. all looking happy, found 1 eaten egg shell, and one just pecked " little buggers!

It is my theory that they only turn to eating their own, or their companions eggs, when they are low in calcium. Do you recycle your used eggshells back to the hens or give them extra grit. I have noticed that as they resume their laying in the new year or spring they go mad for the old egg shells. I think their systems lack the needed vitamins & minerals. I give them lots of sour milk or yogurt, cheese rinds etc as well as the old egg shells, sometimes even whole raw eggs (if I have a surplus) but I have never had them breaking eggs to eat them. However if one accidentally breaks, they will fall upon it. Some hens will leave the inside of the egg but run off with the shell. I think they know instinctively what their bodies need to keep producing.  I also think they need lots of greens at this time¦..hang up a couple of whole cabbages for them to peck on & watch how the hens tear them apart.

Hope this helps Janet?  big_hug big_hug

 

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Cheers Nadine, I wouyld have thought as our completely free range, they could have got all the grit and nutrients they need, during winter I was baking the egg shells (when I had the oven on anyway and griding it up and adding back to the food, but I'll start doing it again. Found ANOTHER nest today, in one of the old stables with half a dozen eggs in it. Think I should advertise at the gate for Easter Egg hunt fun

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I nearly trod on a duck egg today that little Bob had carelessly left in the grass! Egg hunts are a regular feature here!

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