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After caging her up in the garage for five days, and not seeing a huge improvement in her health, I decided to put Liesl back in with the rest of the flock.  Her nose was still runny, her eye was filthy and bubbling, and she was still sneezing and coughing, but I had given her five days of penicillin and there was really nothing else I could do.  So back in she went.  I added Germe-Zone to their water in hopes that the rest wouldn’t catch whatever Liesl had.

Well, to my amazement this morning, her runny nose is gone, she isn’t sneezing, and her eye is clean and bright.  Considering how sick she was when I put her in, I can only contribute her sudden recovery to the Germe-Zone.  This is the second time I’ve been amazed by this stuff.  I have no idea what it is, but it also saved Greta’s life when she got really sick.

Lesson learned – I won’t use anything else next time I have a sick chicken.

GermeZone and ChickensWe had 17 trick-or-treaters this year – a record-breaking high!  There is leftover candy, of course, because I am afraid of running out, and I buy too much.  My Jack ‘o Lantern turned out exceptionally well.  I roasted the seeds (toss them with olive oil, salt and pepper, and bake them at 275F for 25 minutes).  Instead of making muffins or pie out of poor old Jack, I chopped him up and fed him to the girls.  They love it.  Jack ‘o Lantern pumpkins are usually too tough and stringy for baking, but the girls gobble up any kind of squash like no one’s business.  My little composters.

Chickens eat the Jack 'o Lantern