Wow, where'd the time go? Feels only yesterday I was holding fluffy baby chicks and now they are (almost) ready to join their buddies in the main animal compound.
Although we a little apprehensive of raising ducks so late, thanks to the Eco Glow, we were able to move them out of brooder box and into the pullet pen after just two weeks. They've been sleeping outdoors now and not in the bathtub. Chickens are messy but ducks are even messier. Being winter there are no windows are open in the house and so the smell after a day (or two) can get rather "ripe." Especially with eight of 'em I was having to change the bedding every other day so was thrilled when we stumbled on the Eco Glow that allowed us to move them outdoors as soon as we could. This product gave me the peace of mind that without an unnatural heat lamp the duckies would be nice and warm during the night. Every spring that we'd raise chicks we'd always see a spike in our electricity use, not this time! I just love the English efficiency.
This new batch of ducks are almost fully feathered and they'll be probably joining the older flock in a week or two. Gonna love to see how they react seeing each other for the first time. Ducks (especially without any drakes about) are less difficult when it comes to introducing newbies. I know our older ducks are already quite curious about the sounds coming from the pullet pen just across the walkway from the main compound. I've caught the ducks (and even the chickens) hopping up on bales of straw to peek over the compound fence.
Our chicken that had a brief bout with coccidiosis is doing better (thank, God... that was close!). I've been diligently giving her Jordanne's Poultry Feed Supplement that's full of kelp, garlic and other immune boosting herbs, minerals and so far there's not been a relapse.
That's not the only good news we've had with hens.
A friend of ours recently had a horrible contagious (and deadly) disease (Mareks) run thru her flock, a few hens had already died and one was still hanging on but was paralyzed. She was considering the possibility of putting it down but consulted with Jordanne first and after some helpful advice over the phone this is what she had to say....
"... the little chicken that was so sick and could not even sit up and could not walk at all is back out with all the other chickens and going like a house afire. That herbal remedy worked miracles. I gave it to her straight without mixing it morning and night and it took about three weeks of tender loving care, lots of attention, holding and petting and asking her not to die and hang in there and she did and her is a happy chicken again. Tell you more when I see you. She did have to learn to walk all over again after being paralyzed." - MZ
Almost cried when I read that. What a blessing it was to be help a homesteader and hen in need.
Maintaining poultry health during the winter is vital to keep the hens healthy and you wealthy in eggs. Cold and damp weather can contribute to a slew of problems so best fight them off with natural arsenal of garlic, cinnamon, oregano and apple cider.
Healthy hens are happy hens.