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Jeanne Smith, DVM
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Jeanne Smith, DVM
Jeanne Smith, DVM
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Jeanne Smith, DVM
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Jeanne Smith, DVM
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I am in USA but my egg layers are laying thin and soft
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Jeanne Smith, DVM
veterinarian, practice owner
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The hen has a thin-shelled broken egg each day for 4 days.
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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Doctoral Degree
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i have a pet chicken that has laid 3 1/2 eggs with no shells.
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Dr. Bob
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Doctoral Degree
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I have a flock of 35 hens that have been laying since July.
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I have a backyard chicken flock. They are fed on commercial
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35 years in general practice, including avian.

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