Eg­gstra help for Josh,8

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I WAS test­ing some calves on a farm this week helped by most of the farmer’s fam­ily.

Young Josh wrote down the numbers of each calf for me. Af­ter­wards he told me about his hens.

Josh had about 50 and he and his sis­ter sold the eggs.

The eight-year-old en­tre­pre­neur had started with just two and built up his flock over the last year.

I asked him if the birds were all healthy.

“Yes, they’re good, thanks, although I do have three of them with bad eyes,” he ex­plained.


“I think they are blind but dad says there’s noth­ing I can do for them.”

Some kinds of eye dis­ease in birds can be quite eas­ily fixed with the cor­rect med­i­ca­tion.

I wanted to help and boost the lad’s prof­its from egg sales.

The next day Josh and his mum en­tered my con­sult­ing room, car­ry­ing a large cage with the three blind birds. It sounded like a nurs­ery rhyme.

The hens – a breed called Silkie – had a con­di­tion called si­nusi­tis.

With a few in­jec­tions I’d be able to help these lovely birds.

The York­shire Vet is on Tues­day at 8pm on Chan­nel 5.

SUF­FER­ING: One of Josh’s Silkie chick­ens

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