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What should we do if one of our laying hens just an egg
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Jeanne Smith, DVM
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The hen has a thin-shelled broken egg each day for 4 days.
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one of my chickens is laying eggs without shells, in fact most
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We have 2 Jersey Giant hens and 1 Buff Orpington Pets, we live
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Dr. Bob
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Doctoral Degree
7,940 satisfied customers
hen: .she pulls her belly on ground when she walks...7 months old
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One of my two hens has been laying eggs with paper like shells,
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My 2 hens have been good layers up until 2 months ago, they
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Hi I have a 6 month old Barred rock pullet. She is with 2
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chickens: I think she laid a soft egg yesterday..cough..runny nose
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Hi I have a sick chicken. For a few weeks she has been laying
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Andrea Roberts
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35 years in general practice, including avian.

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