Archive | January, 2013

Get Well Ferb

26 Jan

Ferb’s visit to the vets was quite hopeful. Although the vet did not know what was causing her to feel poorly, she did prescribe some Baytril 2.5% antibiotics. She also gave her a vitamin injection to help her appetite and kidney function.

Today is her 5th day of antibiotics (0.5mls of Baytril once a day).She is on a 10 day course.

I carefully measure out the solution into a syringe and gently open her beak, talking to her and reassuring her that she will be ok. I make sure I give her the medicine the same time each day and when nightfall has begun.

In this way, Ferb is much quieter and relaxed, making it easier for me to administer the antibiotics.

 

 Here she is 2 days after her antibiotics.She has perked up and although sill unwell, her appetite has improved.

 However,  We are still trying desperately to find her cluck cluck!

I have put her back in the coop with Phineas as I don’t want the chucks to be apart for too long, firstly because I don’t want the problem of re-introducing the girls, secondly I feel Ferb needs to be with her friend whilst she is able and lastly they will miss each other!

 

Hens are sociable creatures and do not like living alone!

Well tomorrow is a new day… I am hoping to wake to Ferb clucking in her ususal frantic manner and feeling much better. I really hope so.
Off I go now, trundling in the snow to the coop to give Ferb her medicine. The weather is warming so this snow will pass quick.

 

 

Ferb is Unwell…

22 Jan

Ferb has been feeling a little under the weather of late. Since having fun helping in the garden a couple of weeks back, she has become a little unwell.

Not sure if she has eaten something which has upset her tummy or if she has caught a nasty cold. The weather here has took a turn for the worst so I suspect she has caught some kind of respiratory illness. She has a snuffly nose when she breathes and has lost her distinctive Ferb voice.

I decided to try and tempt her with chick crumb mixed with warm water complemented with a sprinkling of nutritious protein enriched mealworms. Her appetite was not the same.

I bought the little patient into the house and set up a comfy warm cage for her next to our radiator so I could monitor her better.

Sadly, I can see no improvement. I think it is time to visit our vets for some advice. I can definitely hear her sounding snuffly when she breathes and she is loosing her appetite and not drinking very much.  Today, I also notice her comb  looks an unhealthy colour with a blueish tinge indicating there is a respiratory or circulatory problem going on.

I do not like how she looks and have decided to make an appointment as soon as possible to take my poorly Ferb to the vets.

A Taste of Spring!

12 Jan

Well Phineas, Ferb and myself enjoyed some fun last Saturday! What a beautiful Spring like day it seemed. I decided to take my 2 ex battery hens to work with me on the garden, doing a spot of digging and weeding! They were good little helpers and in return they were rewarded with not only grubs from the veg beds but lots and lots of mealworms for supper!

Pokaaaarrrrrr! I’m sure that cat is watching us!

 

 

 

Elvie – A Sad Farewell

10 Jan

The festive season came and went so fast, bringing with it a bright new year full of hope and excitement. As 2012 said goodbye, I too had to say farewell to my beloved ex battery hen, Elvie. She was the last of my 5 original hens who we rescued back in July 2010 when my story of keeping chickens first began.

She had two and a half happy years with us and passed away at four years old on Sunday 15th December.

We miss her terribly and her little honk honk noises she made to us. But I feel, this little hen is still near us in spirit and with this, she will certainly never be forgotten.

 

She soon blossomed into a beautiful healthy looking chuck…

 

“CLUCK CLUCK – See how good I look in the Goofy Gallery!