Daisy’s Trip to the Vet

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Daisy has been poorly the last day or so – her abdomen is lumpy and her demeanour has deteriorated sharply. Unfortunately we know these signs and all that we can do in this situation is give her the best final days we can – plenty of treats and cuddles and making her as comfortable as […]

Bitsy, Lucky and Willow’s Trip to the Vet

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A trip to the vet today for Bitsy, Lucky and Willow. Lucky was the main concern – she had a prolapse over a week ago and whilst this has remained in place, we felt an egg inside her and this needed to be investigated. The entrance to her oviduct is inflamed and the egg won’t […]

Cowslip and Larkspur’s Trip to the Vet

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A trip to the vet today for Cowslip and Larkspur; Larkspur has had a few quiet moments the last few weeks but has always recovered after medication and Cowslip has been declining slowly for several weeks and not responded to recent medication. Larkspur is very poorly and has a bad infection and several ‘lumps and […]

Hazel and Marigold go to the Vet

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Marigold has been unwell for about 2 weeks and Hazel’s health has taken a dip the last day so time to go back to the vet to get them checked over again. Marigold has been very quiet recently and despite being on antibiotics, anti-inflamtories and steroids, she wasn’t improving. After an examination, the vet found […]

Harebell, Jasmine and Lupin go to the Vet

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Lupin has gone downhill the last couple of days and Harebell and Jasmine were due a check-up after their visit to the vet a few weeks ago, so all 3 hens put their seatbelts on and we drove to the vets. Unfortunately Lupin’s condition wasn’t good. Despite medication for the last 2 weeks there were […]

Tess and Tulip go to the Vet

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Just two hens this week that needed to see the vet – this time It’s Tess and Tulip! Since rehoming, Tess has displayed strange behaviours with her eyes – she closes them a lot! Otherwise her demeanour is normal but what seems like every few minutes she closes her eyes, and when she’s picked up, […]

Blossom, Harebell, Jasmine and Orchid go to the Vet

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A quadruple vet appointment today as some of the girls have been under the weather for a few days and we wanted to get them checked out. For Blossom, Harebell and Orchid, they have crops with fibrous material in them that has reduced, but not gone completely. Their demeanour is good though and they’re eating […]

Campion, Peony and Ruby go to the Vet

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After a recent health check I had a few concerns about Campion and Ruby and a current ‘dirty knickers’ issue with Peony meant a triple appointment at the vet today. I weigh the hens every 2 weeks and the last 3 weights for Campion and Ruby have been increasing steadily and they were both over […]

Winter Worming

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As a preventative measure we worm the hens every 3 or 4 months and this week they’ve been dining on medicated layers pellets as part of this routine. Flubenvet is the only licensed wormer for poultry and can be bought either as a powder that is then mixed with pellets, or supplied pre-mixed with pellets. […]

An Eye Opening Week

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We had 5 hens at the vet 3 weeks ago and I’m pleased to say that they’re all doing really well! Berry had an infection that was treated with medication and despite her having a day or so of feeling really bad after her vet visit she seemed to quickly respond the antibiotics and shortly […]

Chick Steps

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If this was about people the title would be ‘Baby Steps’ but as it’s about hens, ‘Chick Steps’ are more appropriate! A good day today! I went to the kitchen first thing in the morning to discover Marigold had laid her egg, meaning that she could have her implant that would stop her laying and […]

Berry, Corncockle, Marigold, Poppins and Thrift go to the Vet

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A few concerns about some of the hens meant a trip to the vet today – Berry and Poppins from Sunday’s rehoming aren’t progressing well, Marigold’s prolapse isn’t looking good, and whilst I’m there I’ll take Corncockle and Thrift along to get their respiratory condition looked at. Berry was seen first as she was the […]

A Few Sneezes

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There have been a few sneezes from the flock recently and with Larkspur seeming the worst we took her to the vet this week to get checked out. She took along Marigold and Thrift too as they’d been off-colour also and could provide the vet with extra sound effects if he needed them. Larkspur was […]

Foxglove, Rose and Tulip go to the Vet

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Rose and Tulip haven’t been too well over the weekend and after they moved into the kitchen on Sunday but showed no improvement on Monday, we headed off to see the vet, bringing Foxglove along too to get her prolapse checked. We’re fortunate to have the excellent Avian Veterinary Services relatively close to hand and […]

The Rubys at 16 Weeks

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The chicks are all grown up! Last weekend marked 16 weeks since we brought them back in a small cardboard box and carefully place them underneath Ruby; now they’re almost the same size as Ruby and fully establishing themselves as part of the flock. It’s hard to believe that the almost fully grown hens that […]

Orchid Moves into the Kitchen

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We picked Orchid up from the vets today! She came back a transformed hen from the one that was rushed there 2 days ago and she brought a large appetite with her as she settled into the kitchen to recuperate. A huge thanks to the team at Avian Veterinary Services for the work they did […]

Orchid’s Ordeal

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Orchid’s crop seemed to be on the mend but after being relatively okay on Tuesday she took a significant dip by Wednesday morning and was taken to the vet for life saving treatment. As part of the care for Orchid we gave her 3ml of brandy on Monday 18th and withdrew food and water for […]

A Friday Night Tipple for Orchid

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Orchid’s had a crop the size of a small orange the last couple of days, and because it feels like it’s got a lot of fluid inside and her breath’s a bit off, she’s probably got sour crop – time for a brandy! We’ve never dealt with sour crop before – we’ve successfully treated impacted […]