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AnnaD



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 16 8:27 pm    Post subject: Hen Run With Previously Sick Hens  Reply with quote    

At the end of April we got 6 rescue hens, and in the space of two months every one of them died. They all died the same way, which included dampness around poos, loss of balance, lethargy then death. I still don't know what happened to them but I can only assume it was some sort of sickness?

Anyway, to the point. We are getting new chickens soon, and they will need to go into the same run, which is a decent amount of garden with lots of grass. Obviously I will need to thoroughly clean and disinfect the house, but what about outside? Is there anything I can do, or need to do to make sure that the surrounding area doesn't harbour whatever disease that killed the last lot of chickens?

I really don't want to have to go through that again, so any advice would be great. Oh, and what should I use for the house? Something strong and effective!

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 16 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

grannie used creosote inside and out,air it for a couple of weeks before any chooks move in.

a pressure washer,then spray with jeyes fluid inside and out ,dry and air pre chooks should work to sterilise any woodwork

better ppe than a pinny is the modern style but .....

AnnaD



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 16 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Unfortunately I don't have a pressure washer, will that be okay?

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 16 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

hose and a stout brush will be hard work and a bit messy but should do the job

i recon getting any muck out of corners and crevices is fairly important ,a shavehook paint scraper or similat tool should help .

AnnaD



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 16 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Grand, I'll do that. What about the surrounding run outside?

frewen



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 16 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I was recommended to lime the ground outside when I had chickens. I can't remember what quantity of lime to meter squared though.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 16 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

iirc grannie limed at the start of the fallow period for the runs ,im not certain on the amounts but it seemed like a big handful per yard2 scattered as evenly as poss.

i spose once it has rained a fair bit or been it has been well watered in it should not burn their feet so maybe timings are flexible. i recon if you cant see on the surface it all should be ok.

AnnaD



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 16 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That's great, thanks for the advice!

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 16 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

having thought about it for a bit liming might be to reduce the acidity of the fermenting chook muck in the soil (to make things grow better) rather than to kill parasites etc(although it might help with that as well)

gregotyn



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 16 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It would be an idea if you have the room to move the hen run across a bit. Lime the old run would help reduce 'things'. You should scrub the chook 'shed' with a suitable disinfectant. Perhaps your local library has a suitable book as a guide?

AnnaD



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 16 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Unfortunately we don't really have the space to move them around, although I did try to think of a way in which we could do it.

Bodger



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 16 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Its most unlikely that there will be any residual germs in the soil or on the foliage.

AnnaD



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 16 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good, that's a relief!

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 16 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I would use a disinfectant sold specifically for poultry for the house. Most agricultural stores will sell something.

When you say they had access to lots of grass, it shouldn't be too long, especially if the hens aren't used to it.

Mutton



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 16 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Rescue hens - as in spent battery hens?

By all means take precautions, clean and disinfect, but you might just be looking at old age for the poor things

Incidentally - Sorgene - excellent strong disinfectant for agricultural use - need to go to an animal suppliers.

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