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I just lost a hen -- and am puzzled and curious -- She was 2
I just lost a hen -- and am puzzled and curious -- She was 2 1/2 years old -- Had laid soft shelled eggs twice in a week and I found her dead on the coop floor with a big bloody mess on the the droppi… read more
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I have a sick hen :( , Well, I noticed my hen a little
Well, I noticed my hen a little sleepier than normal yesterday. She seemed "off" but didn't really examine her. Today I noticed her poop is super watery, she is VERY lethargic and her comb is droopy and pale-ish … read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
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My chickens have red, swollen behinds and loosing feathers,
My chickens have red, swollen behinds and loosing feathers, feces on remaining feathers, sticks to feathers in matted manner. Weight loss, appetite good, no diarrhea. Worried about it spreading, and w… read more
Dr. Christie
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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
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I have a flock of 6 hens and 1 rooster. 1)Three of the hen
I have a flock of 6 hens and 1 rooster. 1)Three of the hen have bare backs. They do not peck each other and they do not seem sick otherwise. 2) five of the hens lay very strong shelled normal shaped e… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
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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.
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I have three USA browns about 5months old. Two are not laying-one
I have three USA browns about 5months old. Two are not laying-one lays occasional eggs without shells. Fed on pellets and grain. Theories about why - ground is shaded and has pine needles. But why one… read more
Dr. Bob
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Doctoral Degree
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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
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Doctoral Degree
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I want to thank Dr. Bob for his suggestion of a possible treatment
I want to thank Dr. Bob for his suggestion of a possible treatment for Petunia, our bantie hen who was laying soft shelled eggs and having a milky discharge. He suggested pulverizing egg shell and fee… read more
Dr. Bob
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Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
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One of my banties has been laying soft shell eggs and dropping
One of my banties has been laying soft shell eggs and dropping them from the roost rather than getting into the nest. This occurs either in the night or early morning. She is now displaying messy wet … read more
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Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
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
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DVM
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I have 27 hens plus one creamy leighton rooster,two young plymouth
I have 27 hens plus one creamy leighton rooster,two young plymouth rock roosters(one has lost a eye due to injury?my vet removed it as it was not responding to meds..Now i can't let him forrage in the… read more
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Doctoral Degree
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i have about 15 rhode Island red laying hens, they are approx.
i have about 15 rhode Island red laying hens, they are approx. 3 years old, the egg shells are very thin and the eggs are watery. Also they used to be very brown in color and now are almost white. Ano… read more
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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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Doctoral Degree
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hens: laying..egg..Listless, vent pasting, coccidiosis like stance.
I have laying hens and we have been finding one egg with blood on the shell. Now one hen appears to be ill. Listless, vent pasting, coccidiosis like stance. Is the blood on the egg a indication of a c… read more
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Bachelor's Degree
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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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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
Dr. Pat
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Doctoral Degree
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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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