28 July 2013

Chicken dusting

Hello friends! I know I haven't posted lately. My excuses are that it's school holidays, it's mid-winter, which is when I tend to get a little crazy and also hibernatey (totally a word). Also, I haven't had much to blog about. Plus my health is still somewhat crappy (I'll post an update if anyone is interested in more details). But I'm posting today and wanted to share our adventures in chicken dusting.

Noah's chicken Kiki was looking quite miserable for a few days. Like, a caricature of misery. Like, if you had looked up "miserable" in the dictionary I'm pretty sure you would have seen a photo of her. She'd kind of follow the others, but then stand off to the side all hunched up, with her neck pulled in, with half closed eyes. She wasn't really interested in eating or scratching or doing anything much at all. Just wretched.

She had no other symptoms so Grant caught her and inspected her to see what was up and lo and behold, he found poultry lice. Yuck! Also, poor baby!

I went and bought some powder to treat her and the others (although none of the others, nor the coop, was infested, thank goodness).

We simply plucked them one by one off their roost after they'd gone to bed, then I cradled each chicken on her back my lap and Grant rubbed the powder into her skin under her wings, on her chest and neck and around her vent. Daniel and Noah took photos.

Kiki was super docile, and seemed to enjoy the treatment (or maybe she'd just lost the will to live by then).

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Don't be like us - wear masks or a handerchief tied around your face! We started out with masks but they were cheap crappy ones and kept slipping and obscuring vision so we took them off and paid for it by coughing all evening. (No other lasting effects, thank goodness.)

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Doris was up next and after Kiki (who has been off her food) I was startled at her heft! Let's just say she's not just the fluffiest chicken, she's also the "fluffiest" (when "fluffy" is a euphemism for "fat"). She was more skittish than Kiki, but she's always been the most nervous anyway. But even she settled down for a cuddle and a treatment and didn't put up a fuss.

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It was actually quite nice to cuddle with the girls. They don't usually let us pick them up, which is one of the disadvantages of buying pullets instead of raising chicks.


Next up was Tulip. She was nervous too but, like Doris, submitted to treatment without much fuss.

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Marble, who is top of the pecking order, had seen her flock disappear and reappear one by one and was good and nervous by the time her turn came. She made a bit of fuss but was okay about submitting to the treatment.

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UPDATE: We did this last Monday and checked them today (Sunday) and they are all clear of lice, including Kiki.


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6 comments:

  1. Will post the film where you caught Grant by surprise and startled him! That was so funny and I'd love to see it again!!

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    1. Here you go: http://www.jenthousandwords.com/2012/08/frightful-grant.html

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  2. Oh that is adorable! Hope Kiki feels better soon!

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  3. ohhhh thanks for the reminder I must do our girls
    and I am exactly the same
    I have barely read or commented on blogs the past two weeks and haven't posted myself at all!

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  4. Oh how i have enjoyed catching up with you and your family! I have had your blog open on my computer for the last few days and every spare moment i have been reading avidly. It's been like catching up with an old friend. How strange that i feel like i know someone so well when i've never met them before!

    Your new home is lovely, your quilts are lush and your chickens are beautiful. Noah and Daniel are growing up so much! Your video of Grant startling made me literally laugh out loud sat here at my computer, and i have ruined my keyboard drooling over all of your cooked and baked goodness.

    Please do post an update about your health, i would love to know how you're getting along. In the meantime will send positive thoughts your way for a full recovery as soon as possible.

    I will keep coming back now that i'm caught up with you all again. I have always thoroughly enjoyed your blog.

    Loves! :)

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  5. Yuck, I hate anything like lice! Nice pictures by the boys. x

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