Owly Grows Up

Owly is a Welsummer hen who was hatched in 2013.

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Owly with Dragon at six days old.

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Owly with Dragon at about two weeks old.

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Owly with her friend Snowball.

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Owly in the fall of 2013, when she began to grow giant spurs (which is highly unusual for a hen).

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Owly with the flock in 2015, at 2.5 years old.  She is now 3.25 years old.

What to Do If Your Chicken Dissapears


Panther, the missing chicken.


Last night, a chicken named Panther didn’t come back to the coop.  Maybe she was scared of the neighbors’ fireworks, which were being set off right next to the coop.  Or else she got eaten by an owl.  We searched all over and couldn’t find her–there are a lot of places that chickens can hide in.   All the others were in the coop asleep.  It was dark outside, so it was hard to look for her. Eventually, after a lot of worrying, we locked the coop and decided that Panther had either been eaten by a predator or was hiding somewhere.


Panther didn’t come back to the coop.


To read the rest of this post, visit my chicken website: http://www.bigthingscoop.com/2015/07/04/what-to-do-if-your-pet-chicken-dissapears/


“Thumps” in Horses

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Rhythmic movement of the flanks is an indicator of Thumps.


Synchronous Diaphramatic Flutter is a condition in which the horse’s flanks move in rhythm to the heart beat.  This is not a dangerous condition, and resting the horse will help it subside.  Thumps occurs after the horse undergoes stress.  Some situations include after an event where the horse is worked hard–such a showjumping–or colic.  Too much calcium in a horse’s diet can predispose it to Thumps.  Prevent Thumps by keeping the horse hydrated and giving electrolytes as needed.

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Keep you horse hydrated!



Developmental Orthopedic Diseases in Equids

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DOD usually occurs in larger, faster-growing breeds of horses.


 

The term “developmental orthopedic disease,” or DOD, encompasses all general growth disorders which result from abnormal bone growth.  So, what causes DOD?  It’s when the cartridge at the ends of bones fails to turn into bone when the horse stops growing, or under other circumstances.  It then becomes thicker and larger, interfering with the movement of the horse.

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DOD can adversely affect horses’ joints–and also their usefulness.


 

This disorder generally occurs in the fast-growing horse breeds, such as Thoroughbreds.  It may result in wobblers syndrome.  Horses that have wobblers generally have a lack of coordination, or ataxia.  It occurs in the cervical vertebrae, and can be treated–at least temporarily–by fusing the affected vertebrae in the neck.  The effects of DOD also encompass Physitis (enlarged growth plates), angular leg deformities, and joint cartilage damage.

Ponies are generally less at-risk.


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Everything Equine

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A tall chestnut horse

makes its way across a nearby field.  With flaxen feathers and a mane and tail to match, you can see even from a distance that this is a powerful, if not lazy animal.  His brass and leather halter has pulled to one side but he has a gentle look in his eye; a draft horse no doubt, known as the Jutland.

Bred in the country of  Denmark since the 1100 a.d., this breed is often thought to be one of the breeds crossed to form the Suffolk Punch.  They may stand a powerful 16 hands high on stocky, heavily feathered legs.  Their shining coats may be either chestnut (sometimes flaxen), black or bay.  Strong enough to carry a knight into battle, these horses are best suited to pulling wagons through the countryside.

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Bits and Facts   Secretariat01

A horse carries 65% of his weight on his forehand-that’s over half!

Sir Barton, the first Triple Crown winner, entered the Kentucky Derby never having won a race- and won.

The most common kind of colic in horses is Spasmodic or Gas Colic.

The oldest currently living horse is 51 years old. 

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Hyperkalamic Periodic Paralysis- a genetic disorder linked to the sire Impressive and most commonly seen in Quarter Horses- is sometimes called Potassium Induced Periodic Paralysis (PIPP) because it can be triggered by diets high in the mineral Potassium.

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A Wish

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It was hardly a day ago

when with a pocket of treats

and a head full of hopes

I went to the fence

with hardly a sound

I held out my hand

to see apple turning brown

then over the hill,

the chestnut came

with tall white stockings

-far from plain

a white blazed nose took

a treat from my hand

a forelock that is hardly there-

just a strand

oh, would it be that this horse

would be mine

a long, arched neck and a tail

quite fine

Ride over fields sugar-coated in snow

to win a ribbon- tied with a bow

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Poisonous Plants to keep out of pastures

Day-Blooming Jessamine (Cestrum diurnum) was introduced to the US as an ornamental tree and is most common in California, Texas and Florida.

This dark green, glossy leafed plant grows up to 16 feet tall and has small clusters of trumpet-shaped fragrant white flowers which form into berries, which are black when ripe. Its toxin similar to the active metabolite in vitamin D.  Consumption of Jessamine  results in excess calcium intake, resulting in serious elastic tissue calcification and excessive bone formation.

Symptoms of ingestion include chronic weight loss, stiffness, lameness in all four limbs and lying down for long periods of time (much more than normal).  Lameness results due to calcified ligaments and tendons in the legs.  Recovery from ingestion of this plant is rare so keep horses away from it!  In general, if you see a plant or ornamental tree in your horse’s paddock, a good preventive measure is to check if it is toxic before allowing your horse access to the pasture.

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Did You Know…

Chestnuts (the horny growths on the insides of horses’ legs) are also called night eyes.  Chestnuts are unique to each horse- much like human fingerprints.

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From the miniature to the Percheron,

there are many different breeds in the world- Shires, Morabs, Danish Warmbloods, Walers, Haflingers, Holsteins (not the cow), Andalusians, Cleavland Bays, Gelderlands and many more.  Which is you favorite?  Have you ever  seen one for real?

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