Doerak, Benjy and Kelly
think of Doerak, I think of Marek's disease. Marek
is dreadful for a chicken. It is the herpes virus for
chickens. There are several types of Marek's. We have only
experienced the aggressive visceral form. For a long period of time the
animals seem perfectly healthy. Then all of a sudden your chicken
becomes sick. It manifests itself in different ways so you never know
whether you're dealing with Marek's or something more innocent. With
Doerak we found
a lump beside his crop: a tumour. Because
that's what this form of Marek's does: it produces
tumours in the vital organs or on the skin.
we discovered the tumour the vet gave Doerak only 3 weeks to live. The
tumour was growing fast. Starting beside the crop it carried on growing
to a length of 7 cm along the oesophagus. From a natural health
had heard that the use of sodium bicarbonate could stop the growth of a
tumour. It was worth a try.
we started with sodium bicarbonate in his drinking water and
complemented his treatment with vitamins, echinacea, garlic and
colloidal silver. And to our surprise the tumour stopped growing. It
even became smaller. Shrinking from a 7 cm long tube to a ball of 3 cm.
But Doerak had weakened a lot. The tumour had slowed down the food flow. He had become very thin. Two and a half months after our first visit to the vet, to be precise on the 12th of July 2008, Doerak left us. Up to the last moment we hoped he would survive this nasty disease.
Doerak is a frizzle Cochin bantam.
Doerak Date of birth: 6th of May 2006
is the youngest of the whole bunch. He is
handsome, funny and very affectionate. He will happily sit on your
lap, fall asleep and think: "Phew, finally I can relax for a while, from
having to chase after the hens that the other
cockerels have lost sight of."
Everything that a
cockerel does in his life is focussed on impressing, conquering and
protecting the hens. It's a hard job, but someone's got to do it.
in fact was a little mistake. He comes from the egg of a frizzle Cochin
hen. We had hoped that the result would be frizzled and a hen.
Unfortunately he is neither, but he is still valued as much as the
Benjy is a Cochin bantam.
Benjy Date of birth: 29th of September 2008
Kelly's appearence was a big surprise to us when he grew up. As we put two Cochin eggs under the broody hen Rusty, we expected to get 2 Cochin chicks. But Kelly didn't grow a comb for a long time and after a while he got some little fluffy feathers on his head just like Silkies do. Kelly is a Cochin/Silky cross. As we only have one Silky cockerel Silverback must be his father.
Kelly Date of birth: 20th of April 2007