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  • #511599
    lisannelisanne
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    I’m glad it’s not just my girls who look all scraggly still and have very pale combs!! No egg’s for several weeks now! I tried making them a warm mash from their chook pellets on a cold day but they didn’t want it!!!

    I also don’t know if it’s them going through their food at about 4 times the rate or if something else is eating it but it’s being eaten abotu 4 times as fast!!

    #511600
    RavykRavyk
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    Lisanne they might be eating more because they are moulting and their bodies are needing more protein than usual.

    #511601

    I’ve had two young hens die in two days. Very sudden, I didn’t spot any looking unwell. No idea why. Hoping it’s nothing major… 🙁 :ohmy:

    #511602
    EdiediohEdiedioh
    Member

    Could be botulism- kills hens that were 100% healthy the day before. Have a look around for somewhere water has collected and gone stagnant or old food scraps they didn’t finish or lawn clippings that went slimy.

    #511603
    VickieVickie
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    BV,, sorry to hear you had that happen. 🙁 . Having 2 go at once seems so odd :shrug: .I hope that it’s nothing awful with all of them. The weather here is just Yuck, so cold and so much rain, but i guess up north you wouldn’t have the cold wind like down here 😉

    #511604
    lisannelisanne
    Member

    Ravyk post=343399 wrote: Lisanne they might be eating more because they are moulting and their bodies are needing more protein than usual.

    I reckon that might be part of it – being a first time chook owner it’s all new to me so I’m still learning

    #511605
    lisannelisanne
    Member

    Bandicoot Valley post=343402 wrote: I’ve had two young hens die in two days. Very sudden, I didn’t spot any looking unwell. No idea why. Hoping it’s nothing major… 🙁 :ohmy:

    Oh BV that’s terrible 🙁

    #511606

    Don’t think there’s any stagnant water in their yard at all. It’s on a hill so it doesn’t sit anywhere. Only thing I could think of today (spent a lot of time with them all today to watch them & see if any are off colour. One of my Welsummer hens is a bit down, but I can’t pick anything else & she’s not really looking too bad, it could just be because her new tail feathers haven’t grown enough so she looks a little more down at the tail than her usual long upward feathers. Oh, yeah, only thing I could think of, and I’m a little embarrased about it because it’s probably my own stupidity if I’m right but I took a couple of tomato plants into their yard the other day. They still had heaps of cherry tomatoes on them which the chooks love, but if they’ve eaten the leaves of the plant, can that kill them?

    #511607
    RavykRavyk
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    BV-they’d need to consume copious amounts of tomato leaves to make themselves sick/kill them and with the number of chooks you have vs the amount of tomato plants you put in-the likelihood of them eating enough is slim. Mine grew up on tomato plants!

    #511608
    RavykRavyk
    Member

    New baby chick 😀

    #511609
    BelBel
    Member

    Gorgeous Ravyk. What sort of chick?

    #511610
    RavykRavyk
    Member

    It was a pure lavender Aruacana, but the friggin rats took it and the rest of the eggs last night. RARRRR!

    #511611

    Noooo! That’s awful Ravyk. 🙁 Bloody rats :angry:

    I’m surprised you have a broody hen this time of year though. I have some eggs in my new incubator. Looking for some fertile pure Aracauna eggs if you have any more 😉

    #511612
    BelBel
    Member

    That’s awful Ravyk. My chickens have always been quite alert at night. When I tried to sneak some day-olds under my broodies last season, they gave me an almighty peck! What a terrible shame 🙁

    #511613
    RavykRavyk
    Member

    BV my Araucana hen has stopped laying for the winter. Come spring I should definitely have some. 🙂

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