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When I went to my chicken coop this morning I found one of
Hi, when I went to my chicken coop this morning I found one of my rhode island red hens dead. She was ok yesterday. Now the other rhode island red hen is acting weird. What could have happened and what can I do with the other hen who appears to be sick? They are approximately 24 weeks. … read more
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Jeanne Smith, DVM
veterinarian, practice owner
Avian Medicine Residency
3,457 satisfied customers
Just lost one of our 6 month old hens. last two days she had
just lost one of our 6 month old hens. last two days she had been very inactive, sitting most of the time, not eating, not drinking, yellow to clear diarrhea, and regular feces, but not other symptoms… read more
DrPatsyFields
DrPatsyFields
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Dvm
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I think the guinea is killing my smaller chickens. they are
I think the guinea is killing my smaller chickens. they are all about4 months old and I see him relentlessly pursuing them. Would it be helpful to get it another guinea friend or do I need to take it … read more
Jeanne Smith, DVM
Jeanne Smith, DVM
veterinarian, practice owner
Avian Medicine Residency
3,457 satisfied customers
She stands with a rounded back, no longer runs to greet, or
Hello. She stands with a rounded back, no longer runs to greet, or runs at all, but moves very slowly. … read more
Jeanne Smith, DVM
Jeanne Smith, DVM
veterinarian, practice owner
Avian Medicine Residency
3,457 satisfied customers
One of my chickens (leghorn) is sneezing and coughing quite
One of my chickens (leghorn) is sneezing and coughing quite a bit. She also had discharge coming from her nose … read more
Jeanne Smith, DVM
Jeanne Smith, DVM
veterinarian, practice owner
Avian Medicine Residency
3,457 satisfied customers
I have 2 Rhode Island Red Hens that are sneezing, runny nose
I have 2 Rhode Island Red Hens that are sneezing, runny nose and just started diarrhea today. But I started electrolytes yesterday. Last week we put one of our hens down bc her entire head was so swol… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
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My hen (golden sex link) is about 2.5 years old and is
My hen (golden sex link) is about 2.5 years old and is losing lots of feathers Is it normal for her comb to fade during this season too or is she sick.… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
51,775 satisfied customers
I have five pullets who hatched 7 months ago, a Rhode Island
I have five pullets who hatched 7 months ago, a Rhode Island red, two black australops, and two buff orpingtons. Four of the girls are about the same size, as are their eggs. The fifth pullet (buff or… read more
Kelly Hill
Kelly Hill
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
720 satisfied customers
We have a small flock (all hens) in a relatively large coop.
We have a small flock (all hens) in a relatively large coop. They are also allowed to free-range in the yard all day a few days per week. We clean the coop weekly, and fresh food and water daily. With… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
I have a Silkie girl with a milky substance all over her
I have a Silkie girl with a milky white substance all over her tail feathers. She's not eating or drinking, is lethargic and as a whole totally pissed off! Any idea what this is and what do I do about… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
my hen developed a large black blister on her wattle last
my hen developed a large black blister on her wattle last night. She's also got two tiny yellow ones on the same wattle too. What is going on? She's otherwise healthy - eats and moves well. Poops are … read more
Dr. Elaine
Dr. Elaine
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
1,371 satisfied customers
I bought 15 7 month old Rhode Island Red hens in mid July,
I bought 15 7 month old Rhode Island Red hens in mid July, they layed eggs for 4 days and then stopped laying completely. They started to moult very slowly, they are still mouldting but have no bare s… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
hen: that hAS BEEN LAYING ONE EGG PER DAY..bunny..her nesting area
I have a polish hen that hAS BEEN LAYING ONE EGG PER DAY. sHE IS IN THE SAME COOP WITH A RHODE ISLAND RED HEN AND AN UNFIXED BUNNY RABBIT. sHE HAS stopped laying completly and just sits on her nesting… read more
Fiona Steel
Fiona Steel
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Bachelor's Degree
224 satisfied customers
Hen: wheezing..3 years old and had diarrhea for about a week then died
Have a Rhode Island Red Hen that is 3 years old and has started wheezing. What should I do? Also had another Rhode Island Red Hen that was 3 years old and had diarrhea for about a week then died. Are … read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
Over the last 2 weeks 1 or 2 of my 13 laying hens have laid
Over the last 2 weeks 1 or 2 of my 13 laying hens have laid eggs that have tiny dots on them. Patterns will consume about 25% of the eggshell. Like a honeycomb. It is hard, like shell material, but is… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
I recently had a rhode Island hen that got injured. I put her
I recently had a rhode Island hen that got injured. I put her (?) in a separate pen hoping that she would survive. She did, thankfully, while she was healing I found three eggs in the pen with her, I … read more
Dr. Pat
Dr. Pat
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Doctoral Degree
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Our Rhode Island Red hen of 9 months old has not laid an egg
Our Rhode Island Red hen of 9 months old has not laid an egg for over one week. She has a build up of feces on her vent feathers. Closer inspection showed a almond -sized "beige" colored ball. This wa… read more
Dr. C
Dr. C
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Doctoral Degree
415 satisfied customers
chicken: with tail..to and is not laying any eggs for at least a week
We have a rhode island red chicken that is a layer and seems to be sick. She looks normal, except she slumps down with tail down and doesn't move unless she has to and is not laying any eggs for at le… read more
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Deb Jankura
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