Eggstra help for Josh,8
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