Self Sufficient Living : A sad day.

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Posted by Jason Pullen | Posted in Self Sufficient Living : Keeping Chickens, Self Sufficient Living : News | Posted on 17-01-2012

The last of our original battery farm rescue chickens, Maud, died yesterday from what we suspect was egg yolk peritonitis.

The morning before she look very fluffed and bow legged, we thought that she may have an egg stuck. We made a temporary home for her out our small dog crate, gave her a warm bath and left her overnight to see how she, or rather the stuck egg, progressed. The next day she was no better, so off she went to the vets.  It turns out that she had a raging infection and a massive amount of fluid in her abdomen to boot. The decision to put hee to sleep was made.

Maud had a good two summers with us sunbathing, which is a lot better than the alternative once your productive time is over in the battery farm.  Now she is with her friends in the great chicken coop in the sky.

Our first batch of rescue chickens. RIP girls

Symptoms of egg yolk peritonitis

  • loss of appetite/anorexia
  • weakness
  • depression
  • respiratory distress
  • lethargy
  • fluffed feathers
  • lack of vocalizations
  • yolk-colored droppings
  • swollen vent and/or abdomen

RIP Maud

 

 

 

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New Additions to the gang

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Posted by Jason Pullen | Posted in Self Sufficient Living : Keeping Chickens | Posted on 01-01-2012

Now we have a bit more space and Jay has assembled Cluckington Towers, the new chicken coop seemed a little empty for our 3 girls, a visit to the rescue centre to get some more ex-batts was needed. The plan was to get 5 girls and a boy to keep them in line, it was all going well until I spotted 2 beautiful silvery grey ladies, so 3 became 11! Cluckington Towers may need an extension sooner than we anticipated. We have called the silver sisters Hyacinth and Violet, although we are not yet sure what they are! We also added 5 more ex-batts Myrtle the smallest of the group, her best pals Holly & Ivy, bossy/stroppy Naomi Campbell and Elizabeth Taylor and our preening Silkie boy Merrick!

Self Sufficient Living : Our White Cock

Meet 'Merrick' our new boy

Self Sufficient Living : New Chickens

New Chickens

Things seem to be settling down after the initial introduction, a rough version of kiss chase seemed to be going on and not just from Merrick. Poor little Myrtle seems to have gotten over the worst of it after we rubbed Shea butter into her comb, so the others couldn’t get a grip on it.
There is not much on the egg front right now, but we are expecting great things come the spring.

Stay tuned and if any of you can tell us what the silvery grey ladies are, please drop us a comment.

Elly

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Self Sufficient Living : Our new chicken coop!

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Posted by Jason Pullen | Posted in Self Sufficient Living : Keeping Chickens, Self Sufficient Living : News | Posted on 14-12-2011

We have received our new Eglu Cube, so it looks like more chickens on the way soon! But first watch the fastest build ever of an Eglu Cube!

Now to get some rescue chickens, and hopefully a lot more eggs!

Check back soon to see the new housemates!

 

Jason and Elly

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The biggest egg ever!?

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Posted by Jason Pullen | Posted in Self Sufficient Living : Keeping Chickens, Self Sufficient Living : News | Posted on 26-09-2011

Our biggest egg

I'm sure this is the equivalent of laying a basket ball or something for a human.

OK maybe not the biggest egg ever but for sure the biggest that any of our girls have ever produced (Normal egg on the right). I wonder what the world record is?
I’m sure her bottom is very sore after this one.

Have your girls produced a bigger one? let us know.

 

Jason and Elly

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