Tag: first aid


Rosita, my 9 month old Golden Spangled Hamburg pullet and member of my breeding stock, was attacked by a dog yesterday. Someone’s Wolfhound (cross?) had gotten into my yard through fencing that was designed to discourage birds from leaving the yard – not for keeping dogs in or out. It then knocked over another section of fencing and got into… Read more →

Beak Trimming

  It’s uncommon, but sometimes chickens need to have their beaks trimmed.  This isn’t the same as debeaking whereby a day-old chick’s beak is burned off with a hot knife to the point where the growth matrix is damaged, inhibiting its further growth for the rest of the bird’s life.  We breed our own birds and don’t believe in debeaking… Read more →

Weak Chicks and Splayed/Spraddle Leg

It’s an unfortunate reality of hatching chicks that some of them are born weaker than others.  It’s also an unfortunate reality that some of those weak chicks will die.  Knowledge is our best defense against those deaths – knowing when and how to act can make the difference between “I don’t know what happened” and “I did everything I could”.… Read more →