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I have a laying hen that all of a sudden I noticed comb had dry blood. Few days later most of comb is gone and fresh blood on head. She is not hanging out with the rest of the hens. She is eating and drinking water. Any thoughts as to why?
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Hello and welcome to BYC!

This could stem from simple pecking order issues and she is the lowest in the order. Make sure you have enough room in your coop and run...5 square feet per bird in the coop, 10 square feet per bird in the coop. Put out several food and water stations, even if you only have a few birds. Higher ranking birds can become aggressive with food and water, enough to starve them out. The higher ranking birds cant guard all feeders.

The flock can see things you cant. She could be sick and they are trying to run her off...flock preservation. Give her an overall exam looking for any clues that might indicate she is sick. Check for injuries, what color is her remaining comb, is she egg bound, what does her poop look like, has she been wormed recently, any respiratory ailments, etc... Treat any issues you find.

Lastly, you may just have an aggessive flock leader or others may be involved. Separation of one or more birds may be necessary, short or possibly permanently. Pinless peepers are an option for aggressive bird or birds.

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Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

Treating Sour Crop and Impacted Crop                                    Raising Quail

 

How to Treat Egg Binding in Hens 

 

Leg, Foot and Toe Issues in Poultry of All Ages

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Hello!

Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. X2 on TwoCrows. She has given you excellent advice. Good luck!
Did a moth know that the flame was going to change her life forever, or did she simply fly towards that heated embrace, knowing it would offer her something she couldn't give herself? In the end, the answer didn't really matter. The moth had never wanted the choice. -Joey W. Hill-
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Did a moth know that the flame was going to change her life forever, or did she simply fly towards that heated embrace, knowing it would offer her something she couldn't give herself? In the end, the answer didn't really matter. The moth had never wanted the choice. -Joey W. Hill-
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Just checking in to say and hi and a warm welcome to BYC - glad to have you join us.

All the best

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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Nairobi, Kenya
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