Kevin’s misterious sickness

Since around June 2015, my silky rooster Kevin got a strange bubbles in his eyes. I didn’t pay much attention to this thinking that it’s because of the stress from competition  with the larger rooster – Petrus. But by the end of July Kevin got worse. His eyes almost completely covered with bubbles and feathers on the head sticky with goo.

Kevin the rooster sick with bubbly eyes

Kevin the rooster sick with bubbly eyes

I started to search Internet and discovered that the problem is most likely Mycoplasma – a contagious sickness. The first thing I was surprised why no other chicken got it from Kevin. Than I started to search for a cure. Apparently a visit to a veterinarian here is $75 + taxes, then comes a blood test, then medications. And no warranty for a recovery. Seems like not an option for me.

Meanwhile I just released Kevin to run free in the marshes with a directive to find a herb. Poor guy could barely see and hence had problems to eat. Birds need good bifocal vision to pick their food.  The only thing he could do – is to sing.

In parallel it came the time to release Squicky, the first silky hen and her 6 adopted chicks into the common coop.

After getting into the coop Squicky decided in my absence to join Kevin in the fields. So she tunneled my electric fence with all her 6 chicks and went to Kevin.  When I was back I herded Squicky and chicks back to the coop, leaving Kevin on his own. Next day  all repeated again and next day too. From August 9th to 14th I routinely returned Squicky and chicks to the coop. On 15th I was busy attending a medicinal plants trip given by Marise. Of course I asked her if there any cure for chickens.

I returned to the farm late in the evening and discovered that Squicky and chicks are back in the common coop together with Kevin. Kevin showed no symptoms anymore…

Kevin is better and back to common coop

Kevin is better and back to common coop

What helped him I don’t know. May be he found a herb? Or Squcky with chicks did it?

For medical success and perseverance I decided to add dr. to Squicky’s name. Now she is dr. Squicky.