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I have a 7 year old Rhode Island Red hen. She's been
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When I went to my chicken coop this morning I found one of
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Jeanne Smith, DVM
veterinarian, practice owner
Avian Medicine Residency
3,094 satisfied customers
Interesting question I have been up sizing my flock to 300
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My 3- year old hen hasn't any eggs since September. She
My 3- year old hen hasn't laid any eggs since September. She walks around her yard with her head up and her beaks open, like she's choking. She eats and drinks water but defers entirely to the other h… read more
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Jeanne Smith, DVM
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I have young pullets that I just raised from baby chicks.
I have young pullets that I just raised from baby chicks. All were fine. Healthy. They are almost 5 months old now and all of a sudden, starting with one of my other momma hens, she was fine, eating r… read more
Jeanne Smith, DVM
Jeanne Smith, DVM
veterinarian, practice owner
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One of my chickens (leghorn) is sneezing and coughing quite
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Five hens have died. Symptoms appear neuro. Please help!
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Dr. Michael Salkin
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I have a two year old hen whose legs have stopped working.
I have a two year old hen whose legs have stopped working. It start with one leg about a month ago and now she can't use either one. Sometime they are splayed to the sides, sometimes one front and one… read more
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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Hi, my 4 yr old ex battery hen - who is very much a well loved
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Our 9-month-old Black Austrolorp hen has suddenly begun laying
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Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
hen: Last night I noticed she was not acting right.
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Dr. Bob
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my chickens are rattly when they breath some had a nasal discharge,diarhea,some
my chickens are rattly when they breath some had a nasal discharge,diarhea,some have died,,i have treated with antibiotics 2 times,when i get new chickens they get it too.they seem to have a fever,get… read more
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Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
1 1/2 yr old Brahma hen not eating, barely drinking, cant
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Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
We have 7 laying hens, 5 white leghorns and 2 buff orpingtons.
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I live in Colorado and have four backyard hens with their own
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