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    help, my duck is suddenly lame

    today one of my swedish blue ducks is limping severely & not wanting to get up. i inspected her foot/leg & there is no injury & no apparent tenderness, swelling or deformity. she is eating/drinking if the feeder/waterer is close enough but she can’t walk more than a couple of feet before lying...
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    enlarged hind toe???

    what is wrong w/ my hen’s left rear toe? she had bumblefoot in the right foot & i removed the bumble, bandaged it & it’s healing well. she is not lame, was never lame, is walking & roosting, eating. i just noticed a few days ago she was staying in the coop not socializing outside like she...
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    teaching ducklings to roost...?

    any suggestions welcome. i have 4 ducklings-2 cayuga & 2 blue swedish. they are fully feathered so we moved them outside about a week ago. they free range in a fenced in yard & have a small run attached to their coop. each morning they come out into the run quacking to be let out. the problem...
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    swollen vent

    my year old easter egger has not been foraging w/ the others, just hanging out in the shed or coop. was laying every-other-day or so but no egg since sunday. i checked her vent but couldn’t feel an egg, but her vent is swollen & a little purple (see pic below). we did a 15 min epsom salt bath...
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    duckling w/ runny nose

    one of my 5 week old ducklings has clear fluid running out of her nose & i think a cough. i was going to give her duramycin in the water. does that sound ok? any tips or feedback appreciated.
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    baby chicks dying please help!!!

    i just had my 3rd baby chick die in only 6 days & i don’t know what to do. i have 2 other sick/slow ones that i’ve sequestered & i’m concerned about. background: ordered 28 from murray mcmurray & 4 were dead in the box. we got the other 24 settled in the brooder & they looked good-drinking...
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    chicken danger-over turned flower pots!!!

    we just found one of our chickens trapped under an overtuened PLASTIC flower pot. she has been gone since FEBRUARY 25, & my hubby found her today because we are planting in our pots. we thought she had been snatched by a bird of prey, but here she is!!! i have never heard of such a thing, but...
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    trouble integrating new hen

    hi! i was hoping for some advice about integrating a new hen. we have a small flock of 3 hens that we raised up together from the day they were born. we adopted a new hen 3.5 weeks ago. normally we wouldn't have tried to introduce a singleton, but her situation before coming to us was one of...
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    problem integrating new hen

    hi! i was hoping for some advice about integrating a new hen. we have a small flock of 3 hens that we raised up together from the day they were born. we adopted a new hen 3.5 weeks ago. normally we wouldn't have tried to introduce a singleton, but her situation before coming to us was one of...
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    hen vent versus cockerel anus?

    before chickens start laying, is there a visual difference between a hen's cloaca/vent & a cockerel/rooster anus? we have a juvenile rhode island red that we think is a hen, but she's (?) not laying (yet?). i looked at her butt & it looks like a hen's vent, but i haven't purposely looked at a...
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    introducing a new chicken

    hi! we just rescued a 4 mo old rhode island red & after quarantine are introducing it to our established 3-chicken flock. the established chickens are 16 months, the new girl 4 mo, but size-commensurate. we free range our chickens. they've been in the yard together today & as expected, the 3 old...
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    new to byc

    my name is susan & my bf tracey & i have 3 chickens, black australorp, barred rock & silver laced wyandotte. we're actually adopting a 4 mo old rhode island red today! i've read the how-to on introducing new chickens, but may have ?s once we bring her home.
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