Category Archives: Poultry Health

Chickens & Rats






Chickens and rats always seem to go together, where there are hens for any length of time rats are sure to be. It’s the prospect of free food that is the magnet. Where you store the feed is important. All … Continue reading

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Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud






Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud – If you are old enough to remember Flanders & Swann, you will recognise the title of this blog. For those who don’t know who the hell we are talking about (and for those who do), … Continue reading

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Red Mite






Each year, when summer finally arrives, I start to dread hot sunny weather. A bright morning with clear blue skies is usually a signal that our hen coops will require more attention than usual. Each morning I remove all the … Continue reading

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Geese Aquarobics






Last December we lost one of our Embden geese ‘Biscuit’ to a tumour. We first noticed a very large lump under her right wing. We got the vet to call and see her, the diagnosis was not good, probably some … Continue reading

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Mycoplasma Attack






Towards the end of May it became clear that we had a big problem. Mycoplasma is endemic in about 75% of domestic flocks and usually doesn’t cause any real problem. The severity of this particular strain however was shocking to … Continue reading

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Large Fowl Silkies






Last year (2011) we got some Large Fowl Silkie hatching eggs from Cheshire Poultry. They turned out to be great birds, all were large fowl. We have tried the bantams in previous years but found many of them ended up … Continue reading

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Unwell Light Sussex






This morning in one of our main egg layer coops, I found a very unhappy Light Sussex female. She had a mucky bottom which was covered in green poo, not a good sign! I gave her an Appertex tablet just … Continue reading

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