Spring in the Garden

Spring in the Garden

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Chicken's First Dustbath of the Year

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The chickens had a lovely time having a dust bath on Saturday while hubby was cleaning out their ark and run.  It is a great way for them to clean their feathers and dislodge any mites that might be lurking.

Later in the afternoon we noticed Robin was looking decidedly poorly and her crop looked pretty swollen.  When I felt it it was very soft and squidgy, a sign of sour crop.  About half an hour before bedtime she was sick.  Hubby put her up to roost as we weren't sure she'd manage to go on her own, but a bit later she came down for a bit of supper and a glass of water.  She was much better in the morning, but I gave them all some yoghurt anyway and more on Tuesday to help balance their microbes.  They adore yoghurt, so I can't give it to one and not the other.

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