Timely reminder

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Timely reminder

Postby Foehn » Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:02 am

I have an old biddy who must be around 12yrs and I've noticed she is slowly giving up, however, she looked ok this morning but in no hurry to leave the coop, so I picked her up and put her out in the sun. It was only then that I noticed an unpleasant smell, so on investigation, I discovered she is fly blown.
So, she's had a bath and some spray on fly stuff applied, but they have done a bit of a number on her up under the feathers where they were completely out of sight. I would not have checked but for the smell. She's sitting on the lawn away from the others, but I think I will lose her as she has lost interest in food or water this morning.

So, summer is coming and I know sheep farmers are already having problems with fly strike, but one doesn't expect to have it on chooks. Trim off those blobs of poo that sometimes get stuck and grow bigger on the hens vent feathers and keep a close eye on behaviour and anything out of the ordinary. I know hens are very stoic about revealing weaknesses from the other hens and so we can miss little indications that all is not well.
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Re: Timely reminder

Postby Kracka » Mon Oct 31, 2016 4:54 pm

never seen that on a chook, on a sheep yes - and that was unpleasant
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