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One of our hens attacked a chick hurting its leg. We
One of our hens attacked a chick hurting its leg. We couldn't tell the severity at the time but the leg is now bent completely behind her. She has always been calm, never exhibiting signs of pain, but… read more
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Hi! So turns out we have a rooster instead of a hen. They're four months old. I've heard of neutering a rooster to prevent fertilized eggs, is this a procedure that's' still performed? … read more
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We have one hen who seems like she stays away from our
We have one hen who seems like she stays away from our rooster as much as she can, she is off on her own away from the flock lately and when she sees the rooster near she runs. The rooster doesn't see… read more
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Jeanne Smith, DVM
veterinarian, practice owner
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Is it ok to have all my hens in one run and my 2 roosters in
Is it ok to have all my hens in one run and my 2 roosters in a separate but connected run where they can see each other but are divided by a wired fence? Do chickens do better with a rooster around? A… read more
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I have a gorgeous rooster l would like to keep.My hens hate
I have a gorgeous rooster l would like to keep.My hens hate him. He has started trying to kill my polder rooster the hens adore. Is there anyway l can have him neutered? … read more
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Jeanne Smith, DVM
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What's the minimum number of hens I should have per 1 rooster? I have 3 roosters right now, they all free up together and are less than 1 year old.… read more
Jeanne Smith, DVM
Jeanne Smith, DVM
veterinarian, practice owner
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Sorry, my hen is having crop issues, I thought sour crop and
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Jeanne Smith, DVM
veterinarian, practice owner
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I have 4 bantams and rooster. One had 6 chicks. One of those
I have 4 bantams and rooster. One had 6 chicks. One of those chicks had to be hatched by us on 1/1/15 as she no longer wanted to sit on it but we heard baby inside. It is golden in colour whereas othe… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
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I lost 16 chickens over noc to raccoon. (horrible) A family down the street from me offered 12 of there older laying hens to fill my void to keep up with my egg orders. I went ahead & placed the new g… read more
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Dr. Bob
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Doctoral Degree
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One of my 16 week old guinea hens is acting strange. She seems
One of my 16 week old guinea hens is acting strange. She seems lethargic and sits down a lot even when outside. When I move them Around in the chicken tractor she will try to sit even when we are movi… read more
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My flock of (now) 8 hens were born on May 10th of this year.
My flock of (now) 8 hens were born on May 10th of this year. They have not started laying yet. Turns out 3 of the 8 are roosters - no fighting, very sweet actually. So we are still waiting for 5 hens … read more
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chicken: Suddenly stopped laying eggs and she has begun biting herself
I am baby sitting my friend's adult chicken. Suddenly stopped laying eggs and she has begun biting herself and loosing a great deal of feathers. The feather loss seems pretty uniform and primarily are… read more
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Doctoral Degree
7,940 satisfied customers
hen: shows signs..signs of labored breathing and a comb..herself
I have a less-than-2yr-old hen who has her entire back pecked, shows signs of labored breathing and a comb that is breaking down with black adhesions(?) on it. I noticed her turning her neck and pecki… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
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Doctoral Degree
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I have a small flock of chickens 2 rooster 3hens 2 guineas
I have a small flock of chickens 2 rooster 3hens 2 guineas , came home today to find 1 hen on ground , very lethargic would not or could not get up . I gave it some water and isolated it from the rest… read more
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hens: think my..attacked one..dried blood..Hides during the day.
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Dr. Pat
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Doctoral Degree
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My roosters are getting swollen knuckles in their feet. One
My roosters are getting swollen knuckles in their feet. One older bird is so bad he has lost the first knuckles on one foot. The youngest rooster is fine. They are all separated, too and the two roost… read more
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Dr. Elaine
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Doctoral Degree
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I have 25 chickens and 3 roosters and I just noticed that the
I have 25 chickens and 3 roosters and I just noticed that the hens are loosing their feathers around their neck and their back end and the area around is very reddened. What could be the problem?… read more
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Doctoral Degree
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I have two roosters in with fifteen hens. All are 10 months old. Hens are laying well. Roosters have lost feathers around their tail and vent, also some tail feathers. Skin above vent and some on tail… read more
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