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We have six hens, no roosters. They are free range during
We have six hens, no roosters. They are free range during the day and penned in the coop at night. One of the specs is losing feathers on her neck, and a few tail feathers. I am not seeing the other b… read more
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Well she is losing feathers excessively big patches....I
Hi....well she is losing feathers excessively big patches....I know they are molting and the eggs are scarce but shes acting funny and vulnerable...... … read more
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My hen has lost all her feathers on her underbelly and
Hi, my hen has lost all her feathers on her underbelly and heading around to the back of her vent. I have dusted her with diatomaceous earth. Is there anything else I can do? … read more
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I have 5 28 week old chickens. One Easter Egger has lost a
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I received two very neglected rhoad island red chickens in
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My hen (golden sex link) is about 2.5 years old and is
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My once beautiful barred Plymouth rock hen began molting last
my once beautiful barred Plymouth rock hen began molting last November. she has grown back most of her feathers , but most are down, fluffy, not shiny and real long, like before. her head, wings and t… read more
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I have a Rhode Island red hen that I recently found on the
I have a Rhode Island red hen that I recently found on the ground of the coop one morning, unable to sit upright , barely able to stand or walk. . The breast of the chicken felt very thin and boney an… read more
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Dr. Bob
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Ive got a rhode island red hen that is about 12 months old
I've got a rhode island red hen that is about 12 months old and lives in a generously sized coop (8'X4') with 5 other hens. They have an attached run and I let them free range so space is not a proble… read more
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All four of my laying hens have swollen crops. They also are
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Hi, we have a flock of eleven one year old hens, no roosters.
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Two of my Golden Comet hens have died over the last two months.
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I have two hens about 5 months old. They appear basically
I have two hens about 5 months old. They appear basically healthy and content. However they have an area on their underside from near their vent to just under breast with no feathers. It almost appear… read more
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15 chickens seem healthy except for loss of head and neck feathers.
15 chickens seem healthy except for loss of head and neck feathers. Now, 2 dead in one week. All seem to have some degree of feather loss. Cascade mountains, so cooped up extensively this winter due t… read more
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i have about 15 rhode Island red laying hens, they are approx.
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I have a small flock of Rhode Island Reds One year old (5).for
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I have three Rhode Island Red hens. Two look beautiful, but
I have three Rhode Island Red hens. Two look beautiful, but the third, and largest, always looks as though she is molting. She has never been fully feathered. She lays the biggest eggs and is good nat… read more
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My hen lost several feathers on one of her wings, a little
My hen lost several feathers on one of her wings, a little feather loss on her chest, and appears to be losing more feathers on the top of her head right behind her little comb. She is a Rhode Island … read more
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