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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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I have twelve hens and right now I'm getting sometimes an

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I have twelve hens and right now I'm getting sometimes an egg a day , they are19 month old . They quit laying about Memorial Day, for a while I was getting a green egg a day ,but she quit. There is three green egg layers.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help There. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about There?
Customer: Ive give a probiotic for their diarrhea
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. We don't have many avian vets on this site. It's not unusual for a backyard flock to stop laying or, at least, lay less eggs as the days shorten. There are also numerous causes of reduced egg production including infectious (infectious bronchitis, Mycoplasma gallisepticum, egg drop syndrome (adenovirus), paramyxovirus, and avian influenza), nutritional (water deprivation, inadequate calcium, phosphorus, sodium, protein, or vitamin intake), and environmental (declining day length as mentioned above, excessive heat, excessive cold).

You mentioned diarrhea which would be a clue that an infectious problem exists. Are there other worrisome symptoms?

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