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    Lucky chooks OWG!

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    just a quick hi from 'oop north'
    pooter still in store so have nipped in to use library to catch up on some things and HAD to read through the roost of course.
    Chookies setting in well, they are in a wood at the mo, and are loving rooting in the leaves..keep coming to bed with crops like footballs.
    missing you guys, but will try to get back in and add some new picis soon
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    Good to hear from you Hilly. A wood must be paradise for the Chooks! Mine have a row of Conifers to play under and they love it!
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    Hello Hilly,
    glad to know that they are settlin' in!

    My news is that my little gold birchen modern english game girl has gorn all broody AGAIN!! After fostering Lazara the mottled pekin and moulting and looking terrible, she has grown new shiny feathers and is happily sitting on the porcelain dummy egg (plus wahtever else is laid there by the others). Bless. No chance of chickies now though

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    OH has been offered 2 Cookoo Marans by an elderly couple who are moving to a flat.
    We've talked and talked about my paranoia ( responsible attitude) about introducing adult hens to our flock ( instead of hatching eggs)
    I'm so worried about the ensuing battles and lice/worms/mites etc.
    My flock and land are ( fingers crossed) 100% pest free- as far as I'm aware

    So...he's already said yes to them..so now I need to try to prepare best for prevention of any cross infection.

    I'm sure I'm being overcautious but want to do the maximum I can to keep my flock/land 'clean'

    ...so One week for flubenvet- so they need to be kept seperate till then.
    As many UK preparations aren't available here can someone please direct me as what I should be doing if you too were as paranoid as me??!!!
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    Give them a good dose of louse powder or whatever the French version is - poudre de louse!! Put some garlic or garlic powder in their water (or "Respite" if you've got it)
    Keep them separate for 2 weeks if you can just to be on the safe side. I guess you could bath them in insecticidal shampoo but maybe thats taking it too far! I've just introduced 2 lots of 3 into my hybrids taking the above precautions. So far so good!

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    You are right to be paranoid Nicos. Too many people just bung 'em all in together and then wonder why they have problems.

    Anything parasite wise is easily cured, even if they have got some, so that's really the least of your worries. Just powder them thoroughly for lice and worm with Flubenvet and that should cover that side of things. If you are worming the new ones it would be as well to do the others too (unless done very recently) then they will all be "clean" together.

    As Sue suggests, it is also worthwhile keeping them apart for a couple of weeks to make sure they don't have sniffles etc (suggestive of myco - which will appear if the birds are stressed, ie after a move to a new place). Once the two weeks are up and they still appear ok then you can put them with your others.

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    My local agricol place had a natural louse powder...from a plant which can be used on hens..pyrethrum ( extract of chrysanthamum)...I just wonder if that's not going to be strong enough?????

    ( see - I AM queen of paranoia too!)

    my gut feeling is that these natural products do a darned good job of repelling...and treatment of mild cases...BUT I need to know my new gals are going to be completely bug free by the time they start battle with 'the oldies'


    so...what would YOU do????
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