Miss Marple (above) is now pecking & scratching in chook heaven. I’d noticed she was under the weather a few days ago, and I probably didn’t react in time. By the time I did react, she was suffering from an enlarged crop (so google brought up various issues like “impacted crop” and “sour crop” for that). Husband contacted a few vets in the area. None of whom seemed to know much about hens so it basically became a DIY lesson in hen health (or ill-health), sifting through various articles/videos on the internet to find out what to do.
We isolated her from the other gals and adminstered a small amount of olive oil in the first instance, hoping this would help the blockage. This was then followed, by some gentle crop massaging to help her vomit and empty her crop. I thought I had got the hang of things, and was managing to help her bring up lots of foul-smelling gunk . . . but sadly, it was a case of too little, too late.
Miss Marple will be remembered as a very prolific layer, a very good-looking black & tan hen with a bit of an attitude.
So for now, there’s just Miranda and Miss Moneypenny in the coop . . . but hopefully, it won’t be long before a couple of new chooks come to join them. I need to phone our local breeder to find out if there’s still time to reserve a couple of birds for this month, or whether I’ll have to wait until March next year.
In the meantime . . . guinea fowl are growing and seem to have settled in well.
Here they are, aged 9 weeks, sunning themselves in the back garden.
We’ve been having an Indian summer this past week with temperatures around 23°C and gorgeous blue skies. An opportunity to take a few colourful photos
of what’s flowering outside . . . and one, just for laughs, of what Ducky is up to indoors.
I know it doesn’t look like it, but he’s actually fast asleep, with his eyes wide open lol.