Poor Einstein…she’s been henpecked, literaly…

May 30, 2010

So my little Houdan, Einstein, managed to get some string wrapped around her leg last weekend. I discovered it last Sunday after my husband came in and said she was hiding from the other birds behind the feed bucket. The string must have inhibited her from getting around normally or eating. Because she looked weak, I guess the rest of the girls ganged up on her and pecked at her. I separated her into her own coop this past week to give her a break. 

Einstein_sick 

Einstein_Phyllis
But she still looked sad and wasn't eating much, only drinking. Her buddy Phyllis went in to see for for a little bit. So cute.

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Last night I checked her crop, but it felt normal, checked and cleaned her vent..no egg impaction. I gave her a bit of flax oil but this morning she was the same so we went ahead and took her to a vet that specializes in birds. Apparently, the stress of getting ganged up on by the other gals and not eating caused her to have high bacteria levels in her GI tract.

Einstein_swallowing 

This is her swallowing some of the antibiotics and baby bird food I'll have to feed every day. Poor thing...Hopefully we'll be able to get her healthy again over the next week or so and can then reintegrate her back into the flock.

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Alessandra
May 30, 2010
5:56 pm

Poor baby. I hope she will feel better soon. Look around and see if you find some cabbage loopers .. .I bet she will like those. Good luck !

Collin
May 31, 2010
12:10 pm

Poor little girl I am sure she will get better. On an unrelated note my squash have blossom end rot. Do you have any suggestions. I am thinking about a foliar spray of one table spoon epsom salt to one gallon h2o. Of course being the first week of June they are now infested with squash vine borers, so their days are numbered. The good news is we have put in an offer on 6 acres in Weston, so soon I will hopefully have room for trap crops of squash for the borers and beetles.

Leslie Finical Halleck
May 31, 2010
12:45 pm

Hey Collin,
You can’t treat the blossom end rot once it’s happened. You just need to cull that fruit. It’s a calcium deficiency that’s causing the problem which is exacerbated by inconsistent watering. (Watering is usually the key with a calcium deficiency). If the fruits don’t get enough calcium while developing, the cells basically collapse, which is why you get the mushy end on the squash. Our NHG herb/veggie food has supplemental calcium in it. You can also crush egg shells and work them into the soil (for long-term results). The Epsom Salt spray probably won’t do anything to correct the problem at this point. I usually grow bush-type squash and zucchini - I have far fewer problems with squash borers on them versus the vining types. Congrats on the property!

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