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We have a small flock (all hens) in a relatively large coop.
We have a small flock (all hens) in a relatively large coop. They are also allowed to free-range in the yard all day a few days per week. We clean the coop weekly, and fresh food and water daily. With… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
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I have a hen aprox 1year old , a silkie. she just started laying
I have a hen aprox 1year old , a silkie. she just started laying about a month ago, a few times the eggs have been just rubbery shells that seem to have leaked. today she has a rubbery shell partly ha… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
7,940 satisfied customers
I have a flock of 6 hens and 1 rooster. 1)Three of the hen
I have a flock of 6 hens and 1 rooster. 1)Three of the hen have bare backs. They do not peck each other and they do not seem sick otherwise. 2) five of the hens lay very strong shelled normal shaped e… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
19,482 satisfied customers
Two of my 3 two year old hens started laying soft and broken
Two of my 3 two year old hens started laying soft and broken eggs. One is always deformed with a fragile shell and a hole and the other just started laying rubber eggs. The third seems fine. They eat … read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
7,940 satisfied customers
My 18 mth old hen is Lethargic. For a few months shes been
My 18 mth old hen is Lethargic. For a few months she's been laying less frequently but was being pecked by another hen. That hen has now been removed (about 4 wks ago) and my lethargic hen has regrown… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
7,940 satisfied customers
I have three USA browns about 5months old. Two are not laying-one
I have three USA browns about 5months old. Two are not laying-one lays occasional eggs without shells. Fed on pellets and grain. Theories about why - ground is shaded and has pine needles. But why one… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
7,940 satisfied customers
I have 3 hens. all have been good layers but now it seems that
I have 3 hens. all have been good layers but now it seems that only one hen is laying (they are only 1 year old). Is it possible that the boss hen is intimidating the others not to lay?… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
7,940 satisfied customers
I have 11 hens, all about 2 years old. 2 of them have had recurring
I have 11 hens, all about 2 years old. 2 of them have had recurring bouts of illness lasting 2-3 days where they don't want to eat or drink and are lethargic. This has happened 3 or 4 times for each o… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
7,940 satisfied customers
One of my banties has been laying soft shell eggs and dropping
One of my banties has been laying soft shell eggs and dropping them from the roost rather than getting into the nest. This occurs either in the night or early morning. She is now displaying messy wet … read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
7,940 satisfied customers
hens: that laid that egg, all of her feathers..have been pecking her
I have three hens of various varieties. Today one of their eggs had blood around the outside of the shell. When I checked the chicken that laid that egg, all of her feathers around her rear end were p… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
7,940 satisfied customers
I have 4 hens that are about 6 months old and lay. I have always
I have 4 hens that are about 6 months old and lay. I have always notiived orange loose stool, which I have thought to be cecal poop. They are mainly in a large 8ftx8ft coop with a hen house of 4x6 fee… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
7,940 satisfied customers
I have a chicken that is egg bound. She has been this way sense
I have a chicken that is egg bound. She has been this way sense yesterday. Ive tried moist heat. What else can I do?… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
7,940 satisfied customers
Two of my Golden Comet hens have died over the last two months.
Two of my Golden Comet hens have died over the last two months. Of the four I have left, two have lost feathers (to the bone) on their wings and on their backs just below thier tail feathers. What's h… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
7,940 satisfied customers
I have 27 hens plus one creamy leighton rooster,two young plymouth
I have 27 hens plus one creamy leighton rooster,two young plymouth rock roosters(one has lost a eye due to injury?my vet removed it as it was not responding to meds..Now i can't let him forrage in the… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
7,940 satisfied customers
Road Island red chicken with a prolapsed uterus - this chicken
Road Island red chicken with a prolapsed uterus - this chicken has been laying soft shell eggs that often break and then humungous ones. Noticed today the prolapse with a bit of egg shell sitll hangin… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
7,940 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
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
7,940 satisfied customers
chicken: months old..soft..dirty feathers below her vent..yellowish
I have a chicken who is about 17 months old and has only ever laid a few soft-shelled eggs and one enormous 'normal egg' - that was around 11 months ago with nothing since. She always has dirty feathe… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
7,940 satisfied customers
chicken stopped laying eggs after a soft one cracked on its
chicken stopped laying eggs after a soft one cracked on its way out. No evidence of peritonitis-abdomen soft, non-tender, and runs length of the garden for oatmeal. Has now settled into a moult in pre… read more
Dr. Elaine
Dr. Elaine
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
1,371 satisfied customers
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