In ducky news, all the new ladies are laying! And, boy, are their eggs good! The shells are hard. So hard in fact that you have to whack them a couple times just to crack ’em. And the yolk and whites are so thick it requires a hefty couple of whisks! Not like those thin and watery eggs you get from the store. Speaking of eggs, I’ll talk about the incredible backyard fresh eggs in a later post.
Going to put a plug in about Jordanne’s Natural Poultry Supplement. These girls were raised on it and I can most definitely tell the difference in their eggs. I know, it may sound like a biased testimonial but it’s true! Like that saying goes “you are what you eat” and so it goes with what we feed our barnyard animals. Actually, one lady, whose 5 year old chickens weren’t doing so well, called Jordanne for help. Jordanne recommended a few things and the lady purchased a bag of the supplement. She stopped by yesterday and happily told us that her girls have rebounded and are thriving!
One of our new ducks, Beulah, has a little bump on her foot. See, she likes to stand on top of the goat house and then launch herself, flying to the ground – wheeeeee, so fun! But the other day, we saw that she was limping a bit and so we checked the bottom of her feet and found a tiny bump. Figured that on one of her kamikaze landings, a bit of straw nicked or poked the bottom of her web feet. Such abscesses or ‘bumble foot’ is common when a bird’s feet get scuffed or cut.
Bumblefoot/Foot Abscesses – Duck and goose bumblefoot is different than bumblefoot in chickens. Ducks and geese suffer from abscesses on the footpads that resemble corns. The infection typically follows an injury to the foot pad and there usually is no pus present.
Bumblefoot is easier to cure the earlier you spot it, so it is a good idea to check all their feetsies every now and again. One thing we’ve learned and that we continuing to stress to folks who want to start keeping animals, is to be diligent in your observation of your animals. There’s quite a difference between “havers” and “keepers.” Being aware of the slightest change in their behavior can do a world of good for both the animal and human care taker.
We are treating Beulah by soaking her foot in warm water and applying grape seed extract, which is a natural anti-bacterial, anti inflammatory. After two soaks, the foot is less swollen, and she’s walking normally and the abscess is concentrating into a smaller lump. Now that it’s concentrated, we are going to pack her foot with clay to draw about the rest of the inflammation.
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