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i have 12 hens, 10 of which have bald and very red rear ends.
i have 12 hens, 10 of which have bald and very red rear ends. I suspect hen pecked. my concern is the impending cold weather. will they freeze? they have very adequate shelter and a roofed run. I have… read more
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I have a chicken with a descending abdomen. She walks like
I have a chicken with a descending abdomen. She walks like a penguin. I had one die yesterday of this. I'm thinking it might be worms but not sure. I don't think it is egg bound. Please help.… read more
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Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
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I have an rhode island red hen who has stopped laying for at
I have an rhode island red hen who has stopped laying for at least a month. She now seems to stand away from the others and acts lethargic. Also puffs her feathers as if shes cold. She seems to be bre… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
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Doctoral Degree
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Concerning the reddish spot on the large end of the egg...it
Concerning the reddish spot on the large end of the egg...it looks like the shell is not complete on this end, although it is hard. Is this caused also from excesses in diet? In a dozen eggs or so I j… read more
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Dr. Bob
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I have a Black Rock hen about two years old. For a few days
I have a Black Rock hen about two years old. For a few days now she has been sitting in one spot most of the day with her head tucked in and with her backend drooping. Her comb has lost its brightness… read more
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Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
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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One of my two hens has been laying eggs with paper like shells,
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I got a hen last monday night ,the next day it layed an egg
I got a hen last monday night ,the next day it layed an egg and i took it .the hen did not move from spot till i moved her next day and put her out .she has not layed another egg since .could somethin… read more
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Andrea Roberts
veterinary surgeon
Bachelor's Degree
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chicken: swollen..egg..warm water for about 20 minutes..past 3 days
I have a chicken about a year and half old. Her abdomin is swollen and she sits on her honhes and doesn't move around too much. I have checked and cant feel an egg stuck and have been soaking her in w… read more
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Dr. Elaine
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Doctoral Degree
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hen is not feeding and feathers round rear end (vent area )
hen is not feeding and feathers round rear end (vent area ) are discoloured -reddish colour… read more
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I have various types of chickens, laying hens and 1 rooster
I have various types of chickens, laying hens and 1 rooster all 9 months old, many including the rooster are missing their feathers around their butts (I've heard it called monkey butt, i guess it loo… read more
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we have five black rock hens. one of them has serious moulting,
we have five black rock hens. one of them has serious moulting, has got thin and looks ill. her feathers look all manky. white stubs from where her feathers have been are showing though. what might be… read more
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my chickens molted last year and are still missing feathers
my chickens molted last year and are still missing feathers on neck are They have no paristes are laying but no feathers Help… read more
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Doctoral Degree
I have three pet hens that we received as chicks about May
I have three pet hens that we received as chicks about May 1st. Two of the three began laying the end of August/beginning of Sept. However, now only one of the hens lays with any consistency. The othe… read more
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Dr. Pat
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Doctoral Degree
3,596 satisfied customers
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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Andrea Roberts
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Bachelor's Degree
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chickens: small flock..feathers as if she were just molting
I have a small flock of chickens which i keep in 2 separate pens side by side. They are all silkie bantems. One of my hens began to loose some feathers as if she were just molting, but it has continue… read more
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Andrea Roberts
veterinary surgeon
Bachelor's Degree
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I have 2 hens that are vey lethargic, both are limping and
I have 2 hens that are vey lethargic, both are limping and iv'e noticed they are shaking there heads as if to shake off a foreign body the blacksrocks comb has become very pale , but the sussex isn't … read more
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Andrea Roberts
veterinary surgeon
Bachelor's Degree
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We just culled a hen that had not been going up on her roost
We just culled a hen that had not been going up on her roost for a week or so. Last night we noticed a hard lump--my husband said it felt like a large egg below her vent. I felt around tonight and dec… read more
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Andrea Roberts
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