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Hatfield Hens 🐓💛  Minnie, Luna, Frida and Dora 🌼 4 fluffy little Pekin bantams living happily in a back garden in the UK! 🇬🇧

A bustle of fluffy butts enjoying the shade and slightly cooler weather today! We are down to just 1/4 being broody which is a good ratio for us here at Hatfield Hens! ☀️#purebreedprobs #broodygalore #chickens #chickensofinstagram #hens #hensofinstagram #petchickens #chickensaspets #backyardpoultry #backyardchickens #pekinbantam #pekin #bantam #fluffybutts

Little bit of Luna bear on another sunny day! ☀️ If you look closely/ zoom, you can see the other 3 sitting underneath the next box. I’ve shut them out of the coop because of eternal broodiness and this is the closest they can get! Luna has been hanging out with Doris instead 🐔🐱#chickens #chickensofinstagram #chickensaspets #hens #hensofinstagram #petchickens #backyardchickens #backyardpoultry #broodyhen #pekinbantam #bantam #pekin

The other 3 have been broody for about a week now and surprisingly Frida hasn’t caught the #broodybug yet! So she’s spending a lot of time poodling around the garden alone so she’s had a private snack this evening before bed 💜 #chickens #chickensaspets #chickensofinstagram #petchickens #hens #hensofinstagram #backyardpoultry #backyardchickens #pekin #bantam #pekinbantam

Here’s a much happier and healthier Dora! She has responded so well to the antibiotics and her poos are gradually getting less bright green, so I think the vet was spot on with his diagnosis of a liver infection. She’s eating and drinking by herself, hanging out with her sisters in the day and has a lot more energy. She’s been on the antibiotics for almost a week now, vet man said it could take 3-4 weeks of antibiotics so we’ll give her another week and pop back to the vet for a check up. #goodnews #hopeitlasts #chickens #chickensofinstagram #backyardpoultry #hensofinstagram #backyardchickens #petchickens #pekinbantam

In other news (Dora is still looking better this morning), I had to relocate the dust bath to an area my cat Doris couldn’t get to, because the one in their run had become her favourite litter tray 😒. Luna seems to approve of the new set up in the little extension pen they have! Technically, the cat could still get to this, but she would have to go in the run, through the coop and out into the pen, and I’m not sure she’s quite brave enough to do that (yet!). Photo two shows the old dust bath area which is now a perching area! No cats allowed! ❌ #chickens #chickensofinstagram #backyardchickens #backyardpoultry #hensofinstagram #dustbath #dustbathing

Looks who’s feeling a bit better today 💕 Dora’s had a bit of food today and has been hanging out with her sisters in the garden (who are all broody so happily sit in a huddle with her all day). Hopefully she continues on the up 😊 #chickensofinstagram #petchickens

The vet thinks Dora might have a liver infection, given that she has a high temperature, green poo and her heart/lungs/crop/stomach all seemed okay to him. Oral antibiotics for two weeks and then see how she is! Until then, I have to keep getting fluids into her and encouraging her to eat so we’ve set her up a little hen hospital with a comfy bed, nice treats, and appetite stimulant tonic. Hopefully she will start to perk up 🤞🏼💕

Sunbathing before her vet appointment this afternoon. Dora is very poorly and we can’t work out why (even sunbathing is very out of character). She hasn’t really eaten anything since Friday and I’ve had to syringe fluids into her beak (which have perked her up a bit today). She’s very pale, very lethargic is doing runny green poos. Her crop has nothing in it expect the fluids I’m feeding her, so I don’t think it’s a blockage there but suspect it is something gastro intestinal. They’ve been wormed within the last month too. Fingers crossed for a positive outcome from the vets 🤞🏼💙 #chickens #chickensofinstagram #hensofinstagram #backyardpoultry #backyardchickens

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