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Jeanne Smith, DVM
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Jeanne Smith, DVM
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I have noticed twice that (they all look the same) a hen
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Jeanne Smith, DVM
veterinarian, practice owner
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My about 1 year old hen has been laying around hiding under
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Dr. Bob
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Dr. Elaine
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Doctoral Degree
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Doctoral Degree
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