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        09-21-2012, 12:31 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    You are right, I've actually heard about several cases where horses have gotten quite sick from digesting chicken poop. There are many types of infections and bacterias which could be effecting your horses. We recently had a young horse (foal) come into the vets with salmonella poisioning, believed to be caused due to eating hay which chicken poop through it.
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        09-21-2012, 12:44 PM
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    Green Broke
    This is quite an alarming mystery!!! So many things it could be - in addition to pollen allergies already mentioned, it could be a reaction to moldy feed or to a fungus. Heck, what's lead poisoning look like? Or have chemicals drifted in from somewhere?

    Re chickens: I remember my neighbour (dairy farmer) telling me he was advised by the gov't agricultural tech to not keep chickens because they could affect his cattle. I wish I could remember more details but alas I can't. That being said, I have had free range chickens almost as long as I have had horses and never had any problems.

    I wish you success in getting this fixed.
         
        09-21-2012, 02:02 PM
      #13
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by ChingazMyBoy    
    By drunk, what do you mean? Depressed, unable to focus, glazed over?

    Where is she being kept currently? Is she drinking, eating, what's her manure like?
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    Just her eyes, they don't look open enough if you get what I mean!? Yeah we have checked all that, she is eating her hard feed, drinking, weeing, pooing and suckling! Normal, we have checked everything :/
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        09-21-2012, 02:03 PM
      #14
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by ChingazMyBoy    
    You are right, I've actually heard about several cases where horses have gotten quite sick from digesting chicken poop. There are many types of infections and bacterias which could be effecting your horses. We recently had a young horse (foal) come into the vets with salmonella poisioning, believed to be caused due to eating hay which chicken poop through it.
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    Yeah :/ she has been in with the chickens for a while now though :/
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        09-21-2012, 02:10 PM
      #15
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Chevaux    
    This is quite an alarming mystery!!! So many things it could be - in addition to pollen allergies already mentioned, it could be a reaction to moldy feed or to a fungus. Heck, what's lead poisoning look like? Or have chemicals drifted in from somewhere?

    Re chickens: I remember my neighbour (dairy farmer) telling me he was advised by the gov't agricultural tech to not keep chickens because they could affect his cattle. I wish I could remember more details but alas I can't. That being said, I have had free range chickens almost as long as I have had horses and never had any problems.

    I wish you success in getting this fixed.
    I know :/ thankyou :) weird question, why is your name chevaux?! Just wondering as my horse is called Chev! :L
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        09-21-2012, 02:39 PM
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    Originally Posted by cmjs    
    I know :/ thankyou :) weird question, why is your name chevaux?! Just wondering as my horse is called Chev! :L
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    I'd guess, she might be from France. Cheval/Chevaux - horse/horses in French. Being from England, I'm surprised you didn't have to learn French in school. I know I did. By the way, I was born in Devon. Have tons of rellies there and in Cornwall.

    So, if not already done, I'd take all the horses out of that field asap or at least remove all the grass that was given. By your post, I was not quite sure if the horses had been in that field for a long time with no problems or if it only started when a pile of grass of some kind, was given them.

    The filly, sounds as though she had some kind of poisoning. I know chicken feeds contain something which will damage horses. Can't right now, remember just what it is. Maybe chicken feed was mixed in with the grass or on that field?

    Certain types of grasses, can also be poisonous/damaging to horses.

    Forgot to add. Do you know about grass sickness? Not unusual in the UK. Needs to be diagnosed asap. A friend of mine has one with the problem, in England. Make sure your vet considers this. It is a deadly problem.

    Lizzie
         
        09-21-2012, 02:57 PM
      #17
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by FeatheredFeet    
    I'd guess, she might be from France. Cheval/Chevaux - horse/horses in French. Being from England, I'm surprised you didn't have to learn French in school. I know I did. By the way, I was born in Devon. Have tons of rellies there and in Cornwall.

    So, if not already done, I'd take all the horses out of that field asap or at least remove all the grass that was given. By your post, I was not quite sure if the horses had been in that field for a long time with no problems or if it only started when a pile of grass of some kind, was given them.

    The filly, sounds as though she had some kind of poisoning. I know chicken feeds contain something which will damage horses. Can't right now, remember just what it is. Maybe chicken feed was mixed in with the grass or on that field?

    Certain types of grasses, can also be poisonous/damaging to horses.

    Forgot to add. Do you know about grass sickness? Not unusual in the UK. Needs to be diagnosed asap. A friend of mine has one with the problem, in England. Make sure your vet considers this. It is a deadly problem.

    Lizzie
    Haha no I am doing German! Hmm okay, they are due to be moving to a new field tomorrow because their field is so bare! Yeah :/ the vet said if she turns a single bit funny again them they will take blood tests etc. but today she was running round, bucking rearing being her usual self! Only thing is her eyes look as if she's drunk, she is on medicine due to her cold but I'm sure they won't affect that!?

    Emma :)
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        09-21-2012, 03:08 PM
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    Eeek. We had to learn German too. I never did much good with it. Oh, and forget Latin. Why on earth did we have to do that? I went to school in Norfolk, not in Devon.

    I'm thinking now, that if that field hasn't been used for years, there will likely be Ragwort there. It is so poisonous to horses, that it is actually illegal to not get rid of it in England, if it is found on your land. Look it up. The government even gets rid of it, along roads and hedgerows.

    Lizzie
         
        09-21-2012, 03:11 PM
      #19
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by FeatheredFeet    
    Eeek. We had to learn German too. I never did much good with it. Oh, and forget Latin. Why on earth did we have to do that? I went to school in Norfolk, not in Devon.

    I'm thinking now, that if that field hasn't been used for years, there will likely be Ragwort there. It is so poisonous to horses, that it is actually illegal to not get rid of it in England, if it is found on your land. Look it up. The government even gets rid of it, along roads and hedgerows.

    Lizzie
    There's defo no ragwort, the land owner is a farmer and he's not the best at most things, but if he finds the tiniest bit he goes round every one of his fields and checks for it :( thing is its weird that the vet didn't find a single thing wrong with her :/ her temperature is high but it has been all week because of her cold :/
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        09-21-2012, 03:14 PM
      #20
    Foal
    How dusty is the area the grass? You may try putting a bit of water on it before feeding the horse.
         

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