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post #741 of 1037 Old 08-21-2013, 07:04 PM
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Bumblefoot!

Alright all, I feel like I've been initiated- just had to do my first bumblefoot surgery (with excellent assistance from my husband).

Luckily, I think we caught it really early, there was just a small hard black scab, and when we pried it out, there was just a little root and not much else underneath it. We weren't able to take any "during" pictures, but here are a few shots of the patient- my head girl in charge- sporting her green vet wrap:





I am worried she's going to pick at it, she was already nosing around the wrap about 5 minutes after it went on. It's only about an hour until bed time, so I think she'll keep it on overnight, but anything else I can do tomorrow and for the next couple of days? I was worried about wrapping too tight and injuring her toes.

And a funny photo bomb from her best friend once she went back out to the coop:
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post #742 of 1037 Old 08-21-2013, 08:39 PM
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Also, chicken friends, in these photos, the RIR's feathers look really raggedy, don't they? I think these two are at the age where they might be approaching molting. I have never been through a molt, so I don't know if this is what their feathers start to look like prior to molting, or if I have to worry about mites (also something I haven't experienced but read a lot about)? Any opinions on the condition of her feathers?
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post #743 of 1037 Old 08-21-2013, 09:18 PM
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My chickens stay much more raggedy looking. It is that dang rooster I think. Your girl doesn't look that bad to me.
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post #744 of 1037 Old 08-21-2013, 09:49 PM
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Yes egrogan - that looks to be the start of a molt (very early stages). I've observed my hens have a tendency to molt well into the fall which is always disconcerting to me as winter is just around the corner. You might want to take up knitting of tiny sweaters just in this case this happens to you.
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post #745 of 1037 Old 08-22-2013, 08:23 AM
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I am so thankful for this Forum- all of you have been so patient with my newbie chicken questions and give such helpful answers!! Since I don't have anyone around that I can ask all these questions, I really do rely on your feedback to keep these lovely ladies healthy and happy. Thanks!!
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It's been awhile since I've checked in here. I am loving having DD's "chickie pickies" here. They are free range now and loving it. I like it too minus the fact that they really enjoyed scratching the heck out of & killing some of my hostas. Their favorite thing in my yard though, my rose bushes. They are loaded with rose hips and they've all but cleaned off the ones they can reach and have turned into "the amazing jumping chickens" as DD calls them, trying to get the ones they can't reach. It's pretty amusing.

In the background - the pool floaties that DD left out that her girls popped for her. Lesson learned for kiddo.
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My favorite hen, she's got the lightest/reddest coloring on her head. Pretty cute. Never thought I'd call a chicken cute.
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Thoughts on green beans? Some folks say yes, others say no. I will be snapping & canning today and thought if they are okay to have, I will sit outside to snap and toss the ends to the girls.
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post #747 of 1037 Old 08-22-2013, 08:56 AM
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...they've all but cleaned off the ones they can reach and have turned into "the amazing jumping chickens" as DD calls them, trying to get the ones they can't reach. It's pretty amusing.
Mine do this too to reach the chokeberry bushes. I love the jumping, it's pretty hysterical. I would say this is one of their more athletic moves

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Thoughts on green beans? Some folks say yes, others say no. I will be snapping & canning today and thought if they are okay to have, I will sit outside to snap and toss the ends to the girls.
I do give them green bean ends, though if the beans are really stringy on the end or still have little stems attached, I try to pull that off if it's not too much trouble. I would say that in the pantheon of treats, these are not my girls' favorite things, but they will eventually eat them after they've cleaned up the stuff they like better (pretty much any kind of fruit).
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Erogan your birds are looking lovely!

WOW they grew fast M! IDK about the GB's, I'd be worried about sour croup if the bits were too large. Tomatoes are good for them though.

Here are some new picts of my ever expanding flock...

The pullet that got attacked by the snake is now living in the brooder healing with "her" babies. She is going to make such a great mamma! They love her to death!


A baby NHR and an A being protected by the Orphington roos.


This roo is now named "Evil One Feather". He was plucked by "Satan"...


Orphington hen that follows me like a puppy...


Chev giving me the "good grief mom, don't photo their hineys!!!" look...
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^^ Photo Bomb!
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Anyone want to make a bet which chicks are roos or hens?


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