katiecakes666 A silly photo, for a serious topic. Many of you have pet chickens and may be interested in what we learnt today. We asked the vet about early tests for reproductive cancers since the girls are getting close to 2yrs old. Apparently there are no early tests for it, we had hoped there might be blood tests. She said sometimes an X-ray might pick it up, but not always and it comes with the risk of a general anaesthetic. She said the best way is regular 6 monthly check ups, since they feel the abdomen. Obviously early detection can help, but it often sets in quickly and they hide it. So we'll now be aiming for 6mthly general check ups rather than yearly. #chickensofinstagram #backyardchickens 9h

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katiecakes666 Lumi was letting us know, in no uncertain terms, just how much she wanted to go to the vet . Her pantaloons have been trimmed, and she seems to have a minor case of sour crop, but we did a blood test because Lumi does nothing in half measures . #chickensofinstagram #backyardchickens #speckledsussex 9h
  •   chickensrun Oh poor little sweetheart! What made you suspect sour crop? I often worry about Ruby's squishy food boob! And what's the new vet premises like? 9h
  •   katiecakes666 @chickensrun she was a little slow this morning, she only jogged to the treat box instead of sprinted, so I felt her crop and it was squishy. We always check their crops first because it's the easiest thing to check lol. The vet did a swab and didn't see anything, but did a blood test because we are paranoid. She said just massaging it while lifting it up a bit can help the liquid at the bottom drain out, so we might try do that once or twice a week, that should stop the bottom layers fermenting. Plus we'll get to give her hugs . New premises are nice! Lumi was too heavy for their normal scales so they had to go find a bigger one 8h
  •   mrs_rasmuffin Naaaaw poor Lumi. I see you found a cat cage for her :-) it's the same one Al has ha ha I hope she's feeling better and isn't too upset by her little 'road trip' lol 8h
  •   katiecakes666 @mrs_rasmuffin so much easier to transport her now! She seems fine, she's back to stuffing her face lol. An hour after the vet massaged her crop it feels normal again 8h
  •   chickensrun Thanks for the info! I'm glad she's feeling a bit better. Bahahaha that's hilarious about the scales! How much does she weigh? 8h
  •   katiecakes666 @chickensrun 3.2 kilos! Apparently the normal scales max out at 3, hehe 8h
  •   chickensrun What a fattie! I think Doris was just under 3 and she's enormous-lumi must be a big girl!! 8h

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katiecakes666 Early morning rescue from the cardamom bush. #chickensofinstagram #backyardchickens #frizzle #derp I could hear rustling in the bush, walked over to investigate, more rustling and some cute noises. Opened up the leaves to see her surrounded by stems,apparently she was too weak to shove her way back out. I held open the leaves while Robert fished her out . 2d
  •   ibukai That face :-)) 23h

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katiecakes666 It's Saturday but I think it's ok to celebrate #fluffybuttfriday one day late . Lumi is off to the vet for a post-moult butt shave soon, so she won't be able to participate again for a while. 1w
  •   kittenstochickens What is a post molt butt shave??? 1w
  •   katiecakes666 @kittenstochickens Lumi spends too much time eating, and not enough time cleaning, so we get her bum feathers trimmed to stop poo build up. All her feathers have just grown back in after her moult 1w
  •   kittenstochickens Yeah my Penny needs this done. Lol I didn't know it was something that was actually done! (New chicken mom of only a year lol) yes! 1w
  •   katiecakes666 @kittenstochickens having them trimmed is so easier than trying to bathe her, haha! Plus it's good to get a general check up at the same time, make sure everything is fine 1w
  •   katiecakes666 @kittenstochickens unfortunately the receptionist booked the appointment for the 19th of September, so now we have to go back next week! Lumi is spared the indignity for another week 1w

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katiecakes666 Time for Korean BBQ and beer 1w

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katiecakes666 Is it a bird? Is it a plane?.. Yeah it's a bird 3w

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katiecakes666 Lumi was pretty excited when Robert walked outside, she went from preening to the door in about 2 seconds flat #chickensofinstagram #backyardchickens #speckledsussex #actionshot 3w

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  •   chickensrun Wow that will give Miss Ruby something to aspire to! 3w
  •   katiecakes666 @chickensrun hehe, I have no idea how they don't burst 😧 3w
  •   chickensrun Have you ever seen crop bras? (If not, google it ). I swear Ruby will end up in one, her crop swings back and forth by the end of the day!! 3w
  •   katiecakes666 @chickensrun haha, I'd never even heard of that! Lumi gets like that by the end of the day too! She's so greedy 3w

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katiecakes666 Lumi copied Harriet, at 3.2kgs and roughly the size of an Airbus, she didn't fit so well. #chickensofinstagram #backyardchickens #speckledsussex #chickenfail #thiswasamistake #halp 3w

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katiecakes666 Harriet decided she is now a window chicken. She hops up to see what we're doing, and if there are potential treats.
Agnes and Ripley used to do this all the time, at least Harriet is small enough to actually fit on the windowsill #chickensofinstagram #backyardchickens #frizzle
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katiecakes666 My new watch is very reflective :D #thefifthwatches #reflections #whatsupchickenbutt 3w

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katiecakes666 My new lunch walk view is much less scenic than the old one . Though it's been pretty cool to watch the building get knocked down gradually 4w

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katiecakes666 Robert just sent me this photo saying everyone is upset. Haha #chickensofinstagram #backyardchickens #layingwars #chickendrama 4w

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katiecakes666 Vegan banana muffins, they're pretty tasty. Realised while I was assembling them for a photo that they would have been enhanced by the chillies and whiskey sitting on the bench! Oh well, next time. #bananamuffins #baking 4w

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katiecakes666 I was lying in bed, and could hear them making happy noises. This is what I found . They're so cute.
It took them a surprisingly long time to work out the fence guarding the herb and vegetable garden was removed. They'll quickly prove why protection is more important than aesthetics #chickensofinstagram #backyardchickens #illjusthelpmyselfthanks
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  •   chickensrun Cheeky gals! That looks like a delicious buffet! 4w
  •   katiecakes666 @chickensrun they loved it, they're partial to parsley, and they ate quite a bit. Luckily there's still heaps left 4w

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