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We have six hens, no roosters. They are free range during
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One of my Plymouth Rock hens has a bare neck. It looks sore
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Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
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Dr. Pat
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Hi, we have a flock of eleven one year old hens, no roosters.
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Hi, my 4 yr old ex battery hen - who is very much a well loved
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Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
hens: tail feathers..biting at their own skin and dying.
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Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
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My one-year-old Barred Rock chicken is losing feathers like
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Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
A couple of my hens are loosing the feathers around their necks.
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Doctoral Degree
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Help! One of our sweet hens (a Barred Rock) has become quite
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Howdy. We have four New Hampshire Reds which we love. We bought
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Bachelor's Degree
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veterinary surgeon
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Our Rhode Island Red hen of 9 months old has not laid an egg
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