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Thank you for the reply. I may not have been clear. We don't keep the door closed or use a brooder lamp ordinarily. We let them experience open weather. Most of the time they don't even sleep in the coop--they roost in the run instead.  But when several of them are essentially bare, and the temps drop to single digits, that's when we try to keep them warmer. The first year they molted in the fall, which made sense to prepare for our hard winters. But since then they have...
Our girls have shocked us for the second winter in a row, by waiting until the temperatures are in single digits before going into a hard molt. What would cause them to do this?? We keep the coop door closed at night to keep heat in, and if the temps stay low for long stretches we use a brooder lamp. But why on earth would they shed their down coats when they need them the most? Has anyone else experienced this?
Also, if I can get antibiotic, should I just give it to the affected hen, or to all of them?  Thanks again!!
Thanks for the info. Can I get the antibiotic at the feed store, or do I need a vet? We're in suburbs, so no vets around.
I have a 20 week old easter-egger that was fine yesterday, but today she makes "wheezy" noises with every breath in and out. Otherwise she seems ok. Lots of sneezing, but she continues to be active and to forage, dust-bathe, etc. Any ideas what is going on with her, or what we should do? Any help would be appreciated!!
Thank you for the suggestions.  I'll try cooling things down and see if it helps. I didn't think of that since they're only 2 weeks old. Their brooder is four feet by 18 inches. That's cut in half, of course, now that they're separated.  I'll give it a couple of days and see what happens.  It's funny--the smallest one of the bunch is the bully!  Go figure... Thanks again!
My husband and I are two weeks new to the world of chickens.  We live in a city that allows up to 4 hens. So far we are really enjoying our little ones. We got 2 Buff Orps and 2 Australorps because everything we read said they were docile breeds. They were fine for the first week but then one of the Aussies became very aggressive, especially to the Orps.  Constantly pecking at eyes and vents to the point that they bleed.  We separated the breeds with a screen. Any...
I have 2 Buff Orps and 2 Australorps (chicks, 2 weeks old).  Everything I have read says they are docile breeds.  They were fine for the first week but then one of the Aussies became very aggressive, especially to the Orps.  Constantly pecking at eyes and vents to the point they bleed. I have separated them with a screen. Will they be able to get along in the coop?  Any help would be appreciated!
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