Saturday, November 29, 2008

Still things to be thankful for!

What a beautiful day for this time of year! Usually, we have close to a foot of snow after Thanksgiving! Today it's around 35-40 degrees F., and sunny. A regular heat wave for Northern New York :o) The girls were very happy to be able to get out and be able to take dust baths and eat what's left of the green grass. See my Miss Phoebe here enjoying herself! There's not too many days like this left in this area.
More good news to be thankful for here today... for the last 5 days I've had one of my Golden Laced Wyandottes "Big Momma" in my house in the hospital cage. For some reason she had a horribly tough molt. She lost nearly every feather. Then she lost weight when we had an early really cold snap, even though, I had heat lamps up for the girls. Then I noticed she had really watery poops & a spongy crop. She was drinking a ton of water too. In chickens, drinking a ton of water isn't a very good sign. I gave her some eggs mixed with molasses, nystatin and some Baytril. I think my Baytril is outdated. I need to get more. She ate it, then she went for 2 days not eating and I was getting real worried. I then switched her antibiotic to Terramycin, administered in her drinking water. I had some Poultry Nutri-drench left so, I mixed about 4 large drops of that in with the medicated water. Also Eric suggested giving her some sweet corn. She promptly ate that up. Within 2 days she had cleaned up her layer crumbles. Today, I notice she has more normal poops. I'm going to keep her in for another 2-3 days until I'm sure she's back to normal. The bad thing is she'll have to establish her place again in the pecking order!! Wish her luck!


Joanna said...

I like your tunes.

Mojita is a Cuckoo Marans pullet. I heard of the Mojito drink and and changed it to Mojita for her.
3 fresh mint sprigs
2 tsp sugar
3 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 1/2 oz light rum
club soda
She is so tame, will just jump up in my lap.

Mike and I don't have much material-wise and really don't desire for much, although I wouoldn't mind if a big bag of money would fall out of the sky but yes, we are blessed and thank ful for much. In fact, I wish the Christmas season, instead of all the commercialism, we'd treat the Christmas holidays a lot like the Thanksgiving holidays.

Glad to hear Big Momma is better.

Was cold, and rainy here today. 30 degress now.

We went to a Poultry show today that I'll blog about tomorrow. Check back in.

Crazy Chicken Lady said...

I wish the Christmas season, instead of all the commercialism, we'd treat the Christmas holidays a lot like the Thanksgiving holidays.

Yes, Joanna, I agree with you about that. This year we mostly just bought small fun things for the young kids.

Can't wait to hear all about the poultry show. I love to go to the fairs and see all the chickens. This year we didn't get to go to one fair!

Will check in with your blog tomorrow later.

Amy - "Twelve Acres" said...

Glad to hear Big Momma is feeling better! You're a good chicken mom.