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In an established flock of 6 chickens, my hens are laying a
In an established flock of 6 chickens, my hens are laying a much lighter shell( from dark brown to almost white. The shells are thinner as is the albumin. Production has also diminished. They have bee… read more
BeverlyC1016
BeverlyC1016
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Doctoral Degree
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I have a buff Orpington hen that is 12 weeks old. She is the
I have a buff Orpington hen that is 12 weeks old. She is the runt of the flock. She was in the coop with 4 other chickens and something spooked them. She ended up getting trampled. She acts like her n… read more
Dr. Strope
Dr. Strope
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Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
919 satisfied customers
Two days ago, she was laying at the back of the coop,
Two days ago, she was laying at the back of the coop, sprawled out, mouth open like she was panting, very lethargic and didn't move at all when I picked her up. I brought her inside and gave her elect… read more
Jeanne Smith, DVM
Jeanne Smith, DVM
veterinarian, practice owner
Avian Medicine Residency
2,894 satisfied customers
I am a new hen mom, picked up 6 hens this past Friday -
Good morning...I am a new hen mom, picked up 6 hens this past Friday - different breeds, and apparently different ages. I was originally told they had been laying for a year but the two in question ar… read more
oopiedoc
oopiedoc
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DVM
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We have a buff Orpington. 9 months old. She is very thin and
Hi we have a buff Orpington. 9 months old. She is very thin and her breast bone shows clearly. We didn't notice because she is so fluffy. She has very wet runny stools. She is drinking now but refuses… read more
Jeanne Smith, DVM
Jeanne Smith, DVM
veterinarian, practice owner
Avian Medicine Residency
2,894 satisfied customers
Our buff orpington age 1 + years is lethargic, eating only
Hi, our buff orpington age 1 + years is lethargic, eating only some, is staying in coop. We noticed her comb is slightly off. I don't feel a mass in her abdomen. Her feathers look good. The scales on … read more
Jeanne Smith, DVM
Jeanne Smith, DVM
veterinarian, practice owner
Avian Medicine Residency
2,894 satisfied customers
One of my hens comb has flopped over. It is a very cold snap
one of my hens comb has flopped over. It is a very cold snap and the water has been frozen although I have made sure they have fluid water during the day. Today she didn't want her corn but only wante… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
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54,062 satisfied customers
One of our plymouth barred rock hens died.... She rapidly
One of our plymouth barred rock hens died.... She rapidly declinde over a 3 day period. Very lethargic, wouldn't eat, wouldn't open eyes and her comb turned from a bright red to pasty white. I am worr… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
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DVM
54,062 satisfied customers
I found one of our 6 month old buffs dead in the pen this
I found one of our 6 month old buffs dead in the pen this morning, there was bloody stool all over the pen. … read more
Kelly Hill
Kelly Hill
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I just brought a new 5 month old Rhode Island Red hen home
I just brought a new 5 month old Rhode Island Red hen home on Friday May 13. I have a 3 month old Barred Rock and have kept them separated but in adjacent coops. Last night, Sunday, May 15 I let both … read more
Dr. Dan
Dr. Dan
Veterinarian and practice owner
Doctoral Degree
8,877 satisfied customers
My once beautiful barred Plymouth rock hen began molting last
my once beautiful barred Plymouth rock hen began molting last November. she has grown back most of her feathers , but most are down, fluffy, not shiny and real long, like before. her head, wings and t… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
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DVM
54,062 satisfied customers
have a Plymouth rock, and she is favoring her right foot, because
have a Plymouth rock, and she is favoring her right foot, because of the cold weather, all 4 hens have been confined to their coop. any ideas?… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
54,062 satisfied customers
Hi, we have a flock of eleven one year old hens, no roosters.
Hi, we have a flock of eleven one year old hens, no roosters. Four are Barred Rocks, four Rhode Island Reds, one Buff Orpington and two white Sex Links. For several months a number of them have been l… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
22,045 satisfied customers
We have a one year old Buff Orpington "Bertha" whos co
We have a one year old Buff Orpington "Bertha" who's comb and waddles have become very pale in the last 24 hours. She was very lethargic this morning, but is out foraging with her 6 hen-mates now. She… read more
EmergencyVets
EmergencyVets
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Doctoral Degree
634 satisfied customers
One of my Plymouth Barred Rocks lost an eye, which I noticed
One of my Plymouth Barred Rocks lost an eye, which I noticed last Thursday. I began putting some ophthalmic ointment in it, but it was white. No swelling. This morning I noticed a white streak on the … read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
We have 6 hens, three rhode island reds and 3 buff orpingtons.
We have 6 hens, three rhode island reds and 3 buff orpingtons. One of the Buffs has become very lethargic, laboured breathing and wont go upstairs into coop in evenings. Very little movement during th… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
One of my hens, Geronimo, is not well. She is a Buff Orpington,
One of my hens, Geronimo, is not well. She is a Buff Orpington, about 4 years. She is lethargic for a couple of days. Will drink small amounts of water, uninterested in food. Her comb is listing to th… read more
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Andrea Roberts
veterinary surgeon
Bachelor's Degree
1,292 satisfied customers
We have a small flock of 7 hens and one rooster. Born in late
We have a small flock of 7 hens and one rooster. Born in late March 2009, most began laying early to mid August. Our 2 Buff Orpingtons are causing concern. One insists on brooding and we have isolated… read more
Dr. Pat
Dr. Pat
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Doctoral Degree
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