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Devon Olsen

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Su Ba wrote:Ok, I'll take a stab at this. Just keep in mind that without examine the bird, this is going to be a wild guess.

The lack of neck feathers and the red pigmented skin appears to be normal since the birds have Turkin DNA. My own Turkins looked that this. The neck skin is thicker on the Turkins that other feathered breeds.

Your description of the blood under skin seems consistent with what is called a subdural hematoma. This is essentially a pool of "clotted" blood under the skin, often accompanied with edema (excess fluid in the tissues). The most common cause would be an injury. I can't begin to guess what that injury would be. Perhaps a fight. Perhaps a fall. Perhaps the hen slammed into something while trying to escape an attacker. Perhaps overly amorous attention from a rooster (roosters have been known to kill hen's, though not out of hatred).

Subdural hematomas usually don't cause problems, but I have seen some that became septic, thus killing the animal. Possibly this may be the case with this hen. Hard to tell.

This is along the lines of my thoughts
The photos remind me of what I call a blood tumor, my eldest dog once had one that grew on his neck until it burst, from my reading he was fortunate that it burst externally, internal bursting almost certainly means death, perhaps that's what happened to this hen
I've also read that it usually develops from getting some foreign matter into a wound that doesnt find it's way out
He later developed(and still has) another large tumor on his leg, I thought it was another blood tumor and given the circumstances of my living arrangement at the time I attempted to lance and drain this before it burst on my roommates carpet like the previous one did, this turned out to be a terrible idea as there appeared to be no blood to drain and I caused the poor dog unnecessary pain

Moral of my story was that i would not attempt to perform surgery to drain the growth
If possible spend more time observing to see if there is an overly aggressive bird or a plethora of sharp debris that could become lodged in the bird

Another thought off the cuff, perhaps a blood vessel burst under the skin?
5 days ago
I would think augers style might work, but how much torque would one need? Can a bicycle achieve this?
2 months ago
That has me thinking that would be a good way to do it... a guide to hold the head in place with a single direction drive to lift it and perhaps a spring or crossbow inspired source of tension so that it is released at the top of the guide with additional downward pressure... of course at a certain point this project likely gets more expensive and complicated to outcompete a kinetic splitter that's already on the market, so it becomes a question of how important a pedal powered machine is
Though I think something of a pedal powered crossbow with a splitter replacing the bolt could deliver the necessary power and kinetic energy to effectively split wood
2 months ago
Do you know where one could find a pedal powered hammer?
2 months ago
That was similar to my thoughts on the idea
2 months ago
Any bicycle machine aficionados have any clue where one might find info on a bicycle powered kinetic log splitter? Or any bicycle powered log splitter that has a proven track record of being effective for splitting anything of reasonable diameter?
A small 6-8inch log could not only be burned whole but could be split easily enough with an axe or maul...  not really warranting the need for a splitter, but something bigger may require a suitable amount of force
Just thought permies community may know something, heres ti hoping
2 months ago
Just ordered a bundle of 25 or 30 of these to plant out this spring, hope they do well
6 months ago
This has been a great thread to follow, thanks for showing the cobbling process as well, getting close!
1 year ago
Wowza! That's quite a bit,  though im sure one could manage a cheaper build if they sourced materials right... I hope anyway for my sake Haha
1 year ago
Woohoo for your success!
What're you into it so far? ($-wise?)
1 year ago