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OTF 005 - Defeating Cocci - Natural TreatmentOTF 005 - Defeating Cocci - Natural Treatment by Ebonsong
OTF 005 - Defeating Cocci - Natural Treatment
To start, I am NOT a vet. I'm simply learning what I can from others as well as my own trial & errors. My methods may not be perfect, or the only way. I'm still learning. If you have an issue with your bird, please do your research & consult a vet if necessary.
This knowledge is meant to be a stepping stone on the way to good chicken health, please feel free to improve upon it & share it freely with others.
The method AND recipes for this treatment is below the initial OTF story. Look for "Defeating Cocci - Natural Treatment"
Early on in the year, I had ordered some straight run Ameraucanas from a hatchery. They turned out not to be Ameraucanas, but rather basic Easter Eggers. Ah well. As they grew I also began to suspect I had not even one female out of the bunch of 5. This wasn't going to do, considering I wanted them for their eggs. Though I did keep the best of the bu
On The Farm - CHAPTER INDEXOn The Farm - CHAPTER INDEX by Ebonsong
** For more information on my farm, especially the Q&A part please check out the introduction. **
An Index for an easy to find list. It has the name, brief description & mature warnings if needed. Please enjoy!
Chapter 000 - Introduction
- Description about my farm, size, goals with a Q&A.
Chapter 001 - How It All Started
- Sharing what got me into chickens in the first place.
Chapter 002 - Chicken Math
- Because you can't just stop with one...
Chapter 003 - Trouble In Turkey Town
OTF Chapter 004 - My First Free Range ExperienceOTF Chapter 004 - My First Free Range Experience by Ebonsong
The coop's outdoor run was finally finished at the end of July, and since then we've had the chickens stay in the run to forage for bugs & eat up the weeds. Unfortunately, even with a generous 318sq feet, the two BBB turkeys quickly made the run look like the surface of the moon after a meteor shower. Bummer.
Since we're down to one turkey now (culled the trouble one) I would occasionally leash the other outside the run to forage. Seeing the turkey by itself made me consider free ranging the rest of the birds. After all, there's so much grass about outside the run & plenty of bugs, so only fair everyone got a share.
Last Saturday, late in the morning I finally set the birds out on the grass. It took a while to encourage them to leave the pen, for they were convinced there was some invisible force field blocking them from exiting. If only that would have worked before we paid for a fence, hah! But once they got out, boy did they enjoy it. They dashed for this weed & t
OTF Chapter 002 - Chicken MathOTF Chapter 002 - Chicken Math by Ebonsong
(I'm tired & decided to write a silly story at 5am. It may or many not be entirely accurate, but it is humorous. So that's got to count for something. Please enjoy. )
I'll tell you straight. You can never just have "A couple chickens". Or at least, not for long. Ask any chicken keeper who is worth their weight in scratch & they might sheepishly admit to 'accidentally' taking on a few more (or many) chickens in the past than they could handle. Or ones they never needed anyways.
There's a reason chicken folks talk of the 'dreaded' (or lovely, depending on who you ask) Chicken Math™ with a bit of humor. Because we've all been through it. Sometimes multiple times - possibly still dealing with it. It usually starts with a 'legit' reason like setting up a "Special Breeding Program", other times it comes in the guise of "Rescuing" random birds. Usually both reasons.
But I know the real reason. And it's this very same reason which will turn a $70 "S
OTF Chapter 001 - How It All StartedOTF Chapter 001 - How It All Started by Ebonsong
I can remember one of the first moments I got to see a real live baby chicken. I was living at my grandmother's with my family during a troubled time. I was around 7 years old when my mother brought home a cheeping box.
I knew what a chicken was, eggs & all that. But seeing a baby chicken in person was so neat. It was a little yellow fluffball cheeping & pooping everywhere. And now suddenly it was my responsibility to care for one. Which I thought was awesome.
My mother was 'one of those' parents who'd purchase "throw-away" chicks for the holidays. Luckily she had a cousin with a farm, so I could play with the chicks for a couple weeks & then they'd go off to live the rest of their lives as tame layer hens.
Unfortunately my mom thought the only thing the chicks needed was water & food. She had no clue they needed warmth too. Or anything else for that matter. So some chicks she'd buy would die on the long way home - which she'd hide & never tell any of the kids. But
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I live as an artisan farmer. My focus is towards a cold-climate permaculture. Zones 3-5. I like to believe for modern times that Nature is there to save money, not earn it. Grown well, we can give more than we take.
Activity limited to scheduled submissions & Notes when possible. I prioritize my offline activities first over online. This doesn't mean I don't value my online friendships.
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