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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

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The Chicken Doctor


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I’ve been a bad chicken doctor.

First let me apologize to any of you that have sent me an email about chicken doctoring and I haven’t answered it…or even worse, it took me a month to respond.  Yikes!  I hope all those chickens are doing okay out there.  I really am sorry about not getting to your questions.

I’d also like to take this moment to personally apologize to my own flock of chickens.  I’ve discovered that I’m a fair weather farmer and I don’t love the chickens nearly as much when the temperature dips below 56 degrees.  Which is precisely the reason my husband continues to refuse the purchase of a milk cow for me.  He knows I’ll love that cow until the first freeze and then I’ll let it out to pasture, smack it on the butt and say, “See you when the daffodils bloom! Good luck!  I’ll be wrapped in a blanket drinking hot coffee inside my house…if you need anything, uhhh, well, GOOD LUCK!”

I make my children feed and water the chickens in the winter.  I know, I’m a genius.

Okay, since I’m shirking my duties as the resident Chicken Doctor, I thought I’d let you take over for me.  Here’s a question that I never answered from Marla.  Can any of you help a chicken?  Let’s hear some advice for this poor clucker.

Have you ever had a chicken that was egg-bound?  We have a little hen (just hatched last August, started laying in January) that’s been acting weird now for 2 days.  She sits down on the floor a lot and doesn’t seem to want to walk around.  I looked on-line for being egg-bound, but her symptoms don’t seem to match it 100%.  She does this strange thing with her chest…kind of makes me think of when a dog is about to barf…how they kind of heave.  I know that sounds weird.  She doesn’t have her mouth open, she just keeps making this repetitive motion & it started yesterday.  We’ve felt her stomach like the on-line sources say to do, to see if we can feel an egg, but my husband feels nothing.  Her rear-end is “flexing”, though, which really makes me wonder.
Now, this afternoon, my husband says her comb is bleeding, so obviously the other ones are picking on her.  Any ideas???
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