Busy day! One coop disinfected and smited for the start of the "red mite" season.... Im not letting the wee blighters beat me this year. Thats 2 of 3 of my own flocks coops disinfected and Smited in the last week and coop 3 to to done on Sunday.
The rescue centre is empty now, so Monday will be spent disinfecting the sheds in preparation for 300+ caged hens that I will be collecting on the 21st.
100 hens booked so far, so if you know anyone who would like to give some beautiful ex caged birds a chance at a bit of Free Range living, please send them to our website http://www.nuthousehenrescue.co.uk/
We have changed our name and are now officially:-
Northern Ireland Battery Hen rescue t/a Nut House Hen Rescue & Re-homing Center. Yes we are set up as a limited Company, but this has been done so as there is transparency in all our dealings. Our accounts will be able to be viewed by anyone who wishes at the end of the year. I have struggled my way through the Charities application (no mean feat!) and its almost ready to submit to HMRC so that we can be fully recognised as a charity!
From the last rescue, we have 3 girls heading to the vet next week to try to find out just whats going on in their abdomens, two seem to me like EYP, but the third could pottentially be heart problems. The other two; Becky3 & Blindy have settled well with the other permanant residents and are enjoying true freedom. Of our White girls from February, Millie is still looking good and has settled well, Maggies prolapse has remained inside since stitched, but we will have to see when she starts laying again after the "contraceptive" wears off. Molly has hit a severe moult and looks so sorry for herself. Maureen is also moulting, but not as harshly as Molly and tonight, Mavis is in the hall in a cardboard box beside the radiator after having had a hot bath with some olive oil up her bum to try to move an egg along. She was so good, she relaxed well in the warm water in the sink and just sat on my knee while I gave her a blow dry. I can feel the egg and it has moved along, so here's hoping she has managed to expel it by morning! Helen, fron January rescue (she was completely bald) is looking beautiful now, still laying "softies" but only to be expected with the amount of new feathers she has had to grow. I have been treating her bumblefoot for a week now and its healing well. The "plug" came away last Saturday and she has been so good letting me put her poultice on and then bandage her foot. I think the sulphur in the water is helping it heal a lot quicker.... Thanks for that tip Mike Morfett!
Tomorrow is another day and we will be taking Robyn, our 3 legged hen, to see her granny down the Ards penninsula, so the girls and boys here will have a day to themselves.
Im thinking of starting a blog on the website for "Hen husbandry tips" so if you have anything that you do that you find helps keep your girls healthy and fit and safe, let me know so as we can share them.
Happy Easter to everyone from Nut House Hen Rescue
Barbara & Sam