|Rosa (left) and Amelia, Royal Agricultural Show, Perth 2011
|Rosa, enjoying the benefits of an indoor life
The Wheezing WyandotteWhen Winter kicked in, Amelia and Rosa took a downward turn. When I picked them up they both struggled to breath. I had to hold Rosa with her feet on the palm of my left hand in order to ease the pressure from her body and allow her to have the maximum space for her respiratory system to inflate. They wheezed a lot and their breathing sounded wet and stuttered. It turned out that they both had a chronic respiratory condition. This was caused by the presence of mycoplasma. A microscopic organism similar to bacteria which is readily present but when a creature is kept in a less than optimal environment eg. too cold, unhygienic living conditions, poor food supply etc. These conditions can compromise the immunity and allow mycoplasma the opportunity to thrive and take hold. They particularly seem to thrive in the cold weather, when a hen is most vulnerable.
|Enjoying a night in the lounge during stormy weather
Back to the Vet againThis weekend we went back to the Vet again and this time Amelia has special long term medication that goes in to her water for the next three weeks. The additional issue here is that these girls have brought this condition in to the pen and passed it on to at least two of my other girls. So I may be fighting this one for a long time to come.
|Sun baking - the heat is a blessing for chronic respiratory issues
More updates on Amelia's progress are to follow over the next few weeks.
|Rosa (left) and Amelia