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We have our first zebra finch chick out of the nest. It
We have our first zebra finch chick out of the nest. It doesnt have any feathers on its back and although very energetic, it cannot perch or fly. It only moves around on the cage floor. What could be … read more
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Jeanne Smith, DVM
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I have a cockatiel named joanzie she is having difficulty keeping her balance, is really puffed up with her legs spread apart and was gasping before I put her in her cage with a blanket and water and … read more
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My rooster possibly has gapeworm or some type of respiratory
My rooster possibly has gapeworm or some type of respiratory infection.I have 4 hens and one rooster all about a year old in Portland Oregon. About a week ago I noticed my rooster gasping like this. I… read more
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Jeanne Smith, DVM
veterinarian, practice owner
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2,517 satisfied customers
One of my more mature hens has a runny nose (clear) and is
HI. One of my more mature hens has a runny nose (clear) and is shaking her head and appears to be gasping periodically or just taking deep breaths with her mouth open. What should I do? She is in a co… read more
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Dr Gwen
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New rooster about 5 mo old. Got him home and noticed he
New rooster about 5 mo old. Got him home and noticed he didn't crow. He tries to but no sound. Rattled breathing (congestion) eating like a normal bird. Drinking good. Sneezing. I immediately started … read more
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Dr. Michael Salkin
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My female cockatiel has 4 eggs in the nesting box and has
My female cockatiel has laid 4 eggs in the nesting box and has been sitting on them faithfully. When I uncovered the cage this morning the male cockatiel was in the nesting box and the female was eati… read more
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I have a 3 month old Ameraucana hen, who is probably a
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I am new to chickens. I started out with two that were 3-4
I am new to chickens. I started out with two that were 3-4 months old. when they got to be 5-6 months old, I added two more, 3-4 months more. Of my two oldest, one of them started producing eggs, then… read more
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I have a Cochin Rooster who is beautiful and looks perfectly healthy, except I often hear him cough as if he had flegm in his throat and the tone of his 'Crow' has changed.… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
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I had a chicken die in the coop about 2 1/2 weeks ago. Upon
I had a chicken die in the coop about 2 1/2 weeks ago. Upon inspection it had a full crop blackish green discoloration in the abdomen. When cut open there was a bad odor and black stuff in abdominand … read more
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Dr. Elaine
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My three "chickens" which I obtained as pullets have turned
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Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
My 6 month old rooster was thriving and very alert until 9
My 6 month old rooster was thriving and very alert until 9 days ago. I had introduced 3 pullets 5 days before that, the heat has been over 100 for days on end, and I put fresh straw in the pen. I also… read more
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Dr. Bob
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Doctoral Degree
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My Cockerel is very Lethargic and has not moved all day and
My Cockerel is very Lethargic and has not moved all day and is making a Gurgling sound. It is in a very large compound with 7 hens and is alway's very active.It has not crowed at any time today either… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
We have 7 laying hens, 5 white leghorns and 2 buff orpingtons.
We have 7 laying hens, 5 white leghorns and 2 buff orpingtons. The leghorns seem to be having trouble with shells and shell strength. They were on Purina layena and have recently been switched (proble… read more
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hen: month old..old blue..not layed an egg for 4 days..tail feathers
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please could you give advice on my cockerel. I think he is
please could you give advice on my cockerel. I think he is about 5years old and for about 2-3 weeks he has become increasingly unsteady on his feet. Sometimes he lies sprawled out almost unable to get… read more
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