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My laying hens eggs shell are soft you have a hard time
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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
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I have a hen aprox 1year old , a silkie. she just started laying
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I have a Delaware hen that is 18 months old . She was fine
I have a Delaware hen that is 18 months old . She was fine till about 2 months ago . We have 5 hens total all different breeds. About 2 months ago she started to lay shell-less eggs , so I made more o… read more
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Some of our hens have went of the lay and tend to hang about
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i have a chicken that for the last 4 days has layed a soft
i have a chicken that for the last 4 days has layed a soft egg but today she keeps laying down in the hen shed we think it's her who has laid the soft egg we haven't seen her lay took to long going to… read more
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Dr. Bob
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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
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Dr. Bob
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Doctoral Degree
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Our 9-month-old Black Austrolorp hen has suddenly begun laying
Our 9-month-old Black Austrolorp hen has suddenly begun laying torpedo-shaped eggs. She is part of a 4-hen urban flock. Up to 2 weeks ago, her eggs were beautifully shaped. What is going on?… read more
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I have 3 hens. all have been good layers but now it seems that
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I have a black australorp pullet which has just come onto lay
I have a black australorp pullet which has just come onto lay at the the beginning of April. The day that she laid her first egg, she had a prolapse of the Oviduct which I was able to successfully red… read more
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One of my banties has been laying soft shell eggs and dropping
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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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Doctoral Degree
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chicken: months old..soft..dirty feathers below her vent..yellowish
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Doctoral Degree
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hens: water system so that their water is always cool and clean
I got three backyard hens to help out with my compost. That's turning out just fine. I purchased a coop, feeder and a water system so that their water is always cool and clean. My problem is they star… read more
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Dr. Elaine
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i have about 15 rhode Island red laying hens, they are approx.
i have about 15 rhode Island red laying hens, they are approx. 3 years old, the egg shells are very thin and the eggs are watery. Also they used to be very brown in color and now are almost white. Ano… read more
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Doctoral Degree
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My hen is laying/pooping what looks like part of an egg without
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Hi I have a sick chicken. For a few weeks she has been laying
Hi I have a sick chicken. For a few weeks she has been laying very soft shelled eggs every day which mean I have to keep washing her as she has dried yolk down her feathers. However, she has seemed fi… read more
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