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Two weeks ago one of my 5 chickens started having trouble
Two weeks ago one of my 5 chickens started having trouble walking falling to one side. She rapidly lost ability to move and was whimpering. I euthanized her. Today another chicken began showing the sa… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
37,545 satisfied customers
My 31 wk hen has a pale come and waddles. Her vent is clear,
My 31 wk hen has a pale come and waddles. Her vent is clear, feathers intact, no respiratory drainage or wheezing. Eating but sparingly. I'm not sure what else to look at.… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
37,545 satisfied customers
Every two or thee months, one of my egg laying hens will
every two or thee months, one of my young egg laying hens will start sneezing. It might be on and off for a couple of months or they lay down a die. Happens to only one bird at a time in a flock of ab… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
37,545 satisfied customers
I have 5 egg laying hens. I am relatively un-experienced.
Hello. I have 5 egg laying hens. I am relatively un-experienced. However, my birds eat the right feed (egg-laying feed) and I feed and water them very well and keep their coop clean with fresh hay onc… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
37,545 satisfied customers
Hello Dr.Bob. I have today lost one of my one year old Rhode
Hello Dr.Bob. I have today lost one of my one year old Rhode Island Red chooks ( she was one year old). She had recently been producing eggs with thin shells which cracked easily, for which I was givi… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
My hyline brown hen is swollen under her vent and it feels firm to the touch. She is sleep
My hyline brown hen is swollen under her vent and it feels firm to the touch. She is sleepy and just stands in the egg box. In the mornings she comes out with the rest of the hens, but just stands sti… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
19,422 satisfied customers
I lost 16 chickens over noc to raccoon. (horrible) A family
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
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
One hen is waddling fat and feels like a bowl of jello when
One hen is waddling fat and feels like a bowl of jello when you pick her up.....have lost one already, now have another showing the same illness...they eat and drink but don't of course lay...get to a… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
I am new to chicken farming and I just recently purchased 1
I am new to chicken farming and I just recently purchased 1 brown leghorn rooster and 5 red sex link hens from an individual at our local "sale barn". One of the hens seemed very lethargic and stayed … read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
Hello - I have a 4 month old Black Copper Maran Rooster that
Hello - I have a 4 month old Black Copper Maran Rooster that is my special pet. I don't think Elmer is feeling very welll; however, this is my first time to raise chickens so I am hopeful that I am ju… read more
Dr. Pat
Dr. Pat
Bird Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,596 satisfied customers
hen: rescue..death: A widened gate; Walking with the tail..pale
My third hen in a month has just died. Two were 6 years old, the one that died today was 4 years old and a rescue hen. They all seemed to have similar symptoms, and start to show about two weeks befor… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
19,422 satisfied customers
I have a turkey who is holding his head and neck in a hunched
I have a turkey who is holding his head and neck in a hunched position a bit off to the side and near his body. I recently had a chicken die who was hunched up (I thought she had been injured by a dog… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
two weeks ago my young marans rooster got sick and died. he
two weeks ago my young marans rooster got sick and died. he started to get slower and weak within 3 to 4 days then he would not move at all, but he would drink water that i would put under his beak. H… read more
Fiona Steel
Fiona Steel
Veterinarian
Bachelor's Degree
224 satisfied customers
Hi, need some advice. I have a black rock chicken which may
Hi, need some advice. I have a black rock chicken which may or may not have a swollen abdo. She has been a bit sluggish for a few days .Also there was a lot of hard poo stuck to her bottom. I caught h… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
i have been slowly losing younger chickens & older chicks.
i have been slowly losing younger chickens & older chicks. they become lethargic, get ruffled feathers, some develope a cough? & sneeze. They also end up with an eye or eyes shut and cant open. sulfa … read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
I have a chicken who is breathing through her beak and is wheezing.
I have a chicken who is breathing through her beak and is wheezing. She shows no other signs of illness. She has a bright eye and comb. She seems ok but she does spend a little more time in the ark th… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
hens: is sneezing/coughing and her eyes look..wet and cold weather
My husband came in this morning saying that one of my young Maran hens is sneezing/coughing and her eyes look like she is holding them closed a bit. She is still eating and drinking and free ranging. … read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
our gamecock hen was found this afternoon, and appears to be
our gamecock hen was found this afternoon, and appears to be in respiratory distress, we purchased her on Saturday May 3, she has not shown any signs of being sick until today. She is stretching out h… read more
Dr. Dan
Dr. Dan
Veterinarian and practice owner
Doctoral Degree
8,877 satisfied customers
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