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I have 6 month old backyard chickens and have regularly been
I have 6 month old backyard chickens and have regularly been getting soft shelled eggs even though they have already been laying for about 2 months. Today I found what I think is a lash egg. What shou… read more
Jeanne Smith, DVM
Jeanne Smith, DVM
veterinarian, practice owner
Avian Medicine Residency
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My Red Star chicken's have weak egg shells. I've tried
My Red Star chicken's have weak egg shells. I've tried everything. … read more
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Doctoral Degree
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One of my young hes was laying normal eggs a few weeks a go,
One of my young hes was laying normal eggs a few weeks a go, then suddenly she layis laying eggs with a very thin eggshell and some bumps on it. What is causing … read more
Jeanne Smith, DVM
Jeanne Smith, DVM
veterinarian, practice owner
Avian Medicine Residency
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I have a question about the retovirus that they put in the
I have a question about the retovirus that they put in the Bread of Anaconda Blue and Easter egg chicken to produce the the blue egg and the green eggs. They say they put some kind of retovirus in the… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
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We have a small backyard flock consisting of 6 chickens.
We have a small backyard flock consisting of 6 chickens. Five are laying - the other one is too young still. One of the layers has started laying broken eggs. I believe she is a New Hampshire Red. She… read more
Dr. Ellie
Dr. Ellie
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doctor of veterinary medicine
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My Rhode Island Red, one and one half yrs old has stopped
My Rhode Island Red, one and one half yrs old has stopped laying eggs. There is a raw egg under her while she roosts. Tried washing her vent and it seems a bit swollen. I give her oyster shells and om… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
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What do I do if I think my chickens have the avian bird flu.
What do I do if I think my chickens have the avian bird flu. I have 3 backyard chickens. Several months ago one quit laying and when it started to lay again, it did not produce a shell, even though sh… read more
Dr. Elaine
Dr. Elaine
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
2,854 satisfied customers
one of my chickens is laying eggs without shells, in fact most
one of my chickens is laying eggs without shells, in fact most times latley there is not any soft shell only slime, I think I know which one as she is being chased or pecked at by another, there is pl… read more
Dr. Christina
Dr. Christina
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One of my hens has passed a what appears to be a soft, partially
One of my hens has passed a what appears to be a soft, partially formed eggshell - very soft and papery, found in the nest box. All the hens seem well and laying regularly but I'm new to henkeeping an… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
21,715 satisfied customers
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
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
We have 2 Jersey Giant hens and 1 Buff Orpington Pets, we live
We have 2 Jersey Giant hens and 1 Buff Orpington Pets, we live inthe north Georgia mountains. About a month or so agowe gotone very tinymisshappen egg. Cracked it and only albumen was in egg. This pas… read more
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chickens: backyard..laying eggs..about 7-8 months old..10 weeks
I have 4 backyard chickens - laying eggs - 2 brown isathorpes and 2 ameracaunas - all about 7-8 months old. They have been laying 4 total eggs a day now for about 10 weeks. However, for the last 3 wee… read more
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DrBen
Doctoral Degree
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I have a backyard chicken flock. They are fed on commercial
I have a backyard chicken flock. They are fed on commercial layer rations with supplements of a few kitchen vegetable scraps, sunflower seeds and grit and oyster shells. A few months ago my older hens… read more
Dr. MD Stafford
Dr. MD Stafford
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233 satisfied customers
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
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
We have three chickens, about 3 years old which have laid well
We have three chickens, about 3 years old which have laid well up until now. One is laying consistently, one occasionally, and the third, formerly the best layer, is lethargic, hunched up and laying i… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
hens: fed..odd eggs since starting to lay..color than normal
I have a backyard flock of 11 hens and 1 rooster (fed commercial layer pellets and oyster shell, 15 hrs of light, normal husbandry). One of the hens (I don't know which one) has consistently laid odd … read more
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Dr. MD Stafford
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233 satisfied customers
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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