Tuesday, April 26, 2011

New Families and a Nestbox Giveaway

**11 days old**
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Lacy has 7 babies. Lacy is a pet quality Birchen Cochin. She has 5 Cream Light Brown/Blue Cream Light Brown Dutch, 1 bantam Faverolle, and a Faverolle mix(yellow with black wings).
Pockets is a show quality Bantam Cochin. She has 2 Dutch and 2 from my mixed pets. The black and white is from Baby Oreo and Andy. It will look like oreo if it is a pullet or a B&W Andy if it is a cockerel. The Black is from Andy and Midnight(bottom right of the previos link).Pockets originally had 7. One Dutch I helped hatch, but really shouldn't have. It had a leg that was fussed bent at the knee and dead below that. There was no way for it to recover, so we put it down. A Dutch was found on it's back dead 10 minutes after I let them out to explore in their 8x10 pen when they were 2 days old. A second Oreo baby died a couple days later from some sickness. The last 4 have been fine since.

**Nestbox Giveaway**
The fine folks over at Life on a Southern Farm are giving away a "HenPals" Chicken Nest Box.


~~Matt~~

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Chicken Med-Kit

I have been asked several times what all I keep on hand for those just in case moments. I figured I might as well post the entire medkit I keep handy.

Antibiotics:
* Tylan 50 - injectable - great for respiratory problems
* Amoxicillin 250 mg capsules - Sold in petstores/feedstores/online as Fish-Mox - Works for almost any bacterial infection of wounds and respiratory.
* Sulmet - Liquid you add to water - used to treat Cocci
* 3-1 Ointment - any triple antibiotic ointment will work, just make sure it has NO pain killer in it.
* VetRx - 2-3 bottles are kept. vicks vaporub for chickens with an immuno bost.
* Oxytet or one of the others - low grade Water soluble shotgun antibiotic, mostly for preventing secondary infection.

Parasite Control:
* Ivomec - 1% cattle injectable, but I do NOT inject it. I apply to the skin to be absorbed to take care of both internal and external bugs. Change wormers every 2 years to limit resistence.
* Watkins Red liniment - Add small amount to water for a natural wormer and digestive system adjuster.
* Sevin Dust - 5% carbyll
* Poultry and Garden dust - Permethrin based

Disinfectant:
* Oxine AH - Good Article - If any bird is sick I mist the entire coop each morning and night to help keep it from spreading.
* Bleach - for cleaning waterers, bators, and other equipment.
* Iodine

Syringes:
* 18 gauge needles - I keep a couple of these for drawing the thick wormer
* 25-28 gauge needles - these I use for the smaller bantams
* 22-25 gauge needles - for standards
* 1 CC syringes(no needle) - These are the ones I use for injections when needed
* 3 CC syringes(no needle) - I use these for worming birds one at a time with 3-7 drops

Other:
* Aspirin - 5 tablets to a gallon of water for a mild pain killer
* Epson Salt - 1 teaspoon dissolved in 1 ouce of water. 2-6 CC of solution is giving orally to clean out the system quickly in the case of toxin injestion.
* Rags - Towels and napkins for various issues and a couple cloth rags.
* q-tips
* short and long tweezers
* Vet Wrap and non-stick gauze - For covering wounds.
* Good Scissors
* Good Knife
* Needled and thread - plain thread works just fine. It will absorb.
* Squirt Bottles - several in the 16-32 ounce range that can make a very fine cloud of mist or stream.
* Measuring cups and spoons
* Colored Leg bands/zip ties to put on birds if I need to keep tract of one in the crowd of like birds.
* Pad of paper to keep tract of everything and a pen.

FINALLY
Hatchet - For a quick end when all else fails


I know this seems like alot and more then a little over kill, but what if you need it and don't have it. Besides most it is budget friendly and long lasting.

~~Matt~~

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Incubator Eggs.

There are still 30 eggs in the bator. I candled out 6. 5 of those were infertile and 1 started, but stopped after just a few days. The others are all coming along.I wasn't planning for more then a few to hatch, but I just couldn't resist filling the bator up.

We lost power in Monday night's storms for about 6 hours. After being without power for 90 minutes I moved the eggs from the bator and placed them under a couple hens to keep warm. I shouldn't lose too many with the cool spell.

I brought the eggs back in after the power had been on for an hour or so. I can't leave them out with the hens yet because the ladies are not seperated from those still laying. If I left them the others would push in and eggs would get broke. This weekend I will have a couple broody houses and lots cleared and cleaned, so I can get a couple settled and then move the eggs out to let the girls finish hatching them.

I finally got some sleep last night. I had gone so long without sleep that I was getting physically sick. The exhaustion was bad enough, but when the nausea and headaches started I gave up and took a pill. I hate taking pills to sleep, but I really had to sleep. I slept a little over 4 hours last night. I am still tired, but finally ate without having to fight to keep it down and my head has settled down. Today I can think straight, so I need to work on the new Bantam Mottled Cochin house. Hammering wasn't fun when I saw 3 nails. LOL. I try to always hit the one in the middle. :) I only managed to whack one of my fingers.

~~Matt~~