Christine Blankenship wrote:Hi Jay..Thank you for your reply. My soils can't be horribly out of balance as it is pasture that is grazed by cows and horses. It is lush and beautiful all on it's own. I do believe their poor immune systems were horribly declined. We do have earthworms and slugs like crazy up here...I guess that's why I thought gape worm could be an issue. The chicken has stopped wheezing but is still sneezing/coughing...someone else said it could be a "kennel cough" type situation which I am thinking could be correct since they were in such bad shape, their living conditions must have been horrible.
I am feeding them layer crumbles along with Thorvin Kelp meal, a little DE here and there and fruits that fall from the trees above their coop. How would I ferment their feeds? I am a regular fermenter of foods, I just don't know how to ferment their foods. I have been putting a smashed garlic clove in their water for a few days now. I will try the vinegar with mother....ACV right?
Catching them on the roost at night....of course! I can't believe that thought didn't cross my mind. Duh!
Thank you for the thread and your suggestions. I am trying everything I can to get these birds healthy and happy! Out of 30 chickens I am only getting 1-4 eggs a day. I wonder how long their recovery will last before they are laying again. I know they need more light...working on getting power to the old coop.
Again, Thanks so much for your input! It's very comforting to know there are such fine folks out there willing to help out a very worried chicken-mama like me!