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    Help!!!!! Is is Marek's disease??

    I forgot to mention in the 3 + years this has been on no other hen has had similar problems.
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    Help!!!!! Is is Marek's disease??

    I have a hen that I suspect has Mareks. When she was around 9 months her legs became paralyzed and I brought her inside to live for 3 weeks. I exercised her legs until she began to kick back and fed her with an eyedropper when she refused to eat. She was outside and doing great for 2 years and...
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    Hard time coping with loss- Looking for answers

    Don't ever feel silly for loving an animal friend. I have cried my until I thought my eyes would turn inside out over the loss of a beloved pet. The only comfort is the knowledge of having treated our pets like queens (or kings!) and that we loved them and gave them a life most animals...
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    Comment by 'TheMotherHen' in item 'Leghorn'

    I can always count on mine for breakfast - even in the winter. She is also very chatty and fun.
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    Thank god for BYC! Yesterday the flies around my run were out of control. There were hundreds buzzing around and It was so loud when I was in there I felt like I was inside a beehive! Serious. I keep the hens extremely clean - pine shavings on the run floor and inside the coop as well and I...
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    Vent Infection

    What a wonderful and encouraging end to this story. Thankyou, Barry, for the love you have shown to Mrs. Pepperpot. Your story made my day!
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    please help - very strange dropping/egg mystery

    I sure hope someoneknows the answer. I have learned so much from this forum but this problem stumps me.
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    please help - very strange dropping/egg mystery

    I would appreciate some help if anyone knows what this is. My auraucauna-leghorn mix (i think) was trying to lay her first egg after a molt the other day and was unable to do so. She was listless and exhausted. That night what appeared to be possibly yolk was on her bum. The next morning I gave...
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    My Hen won't shut up??!!

    It is probably nothing to worry about. I have a real loudmouth too, while the others are reasonably quiet. I find it irritating when I am doing a big project outside to have to listen to her nagging. I discovered that playing music makes her zip her beak. Yep, she is probably just a drama queen.
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    City vs. County ordinances

    UPDATE! I do not know the woman who this post was written about but I too live in Maywood Park and I have fought for a change in the ordinance since November (alone, mind you, if any other people owned hens in this neighborhood they hid like cowards!). It was very stressful but I attended many...
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    We love our chickens! Honey Chiclet Penelope Chiclet Penelope Foxy Honey...
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    Leg paralysis in hen-sudden onset

    I am very glad to hear your hen is doing good. I had never heard about PEP. Strange! I hope someone can use this great bit of information you have shared. My little Chiclet is still doing good after her bout with paralysis a year and a half ago - her legs tire easily but she is a very happy hen...
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    Wow! What an impressive chicken wonderland!
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    How do you feed OATS to chickens?

    I keep dried oats in a watertight container outside all year and when it's time for the ladies to go back home I shake it and toss some on the run floor - they come running home from all directions! It's a great way to trick them into doing what I want. In the winter on very cold days I cook...
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    [LIST - Over 1,000 names!] Chicken names!

    My sweet Hens - Chiclet Foxy Betty Veronica Penelope Honey-Pie
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    Messy Chicks!!! Keeping litter dry?

    I used an old sheet set torn into handtowel sized pieces. Several times a day I would remove the soiled ones and put them in a sealed bucket - this really helped cut down on the smell! They soak up any spilled water well and make a soft landing for a sudden chick nap! When the bucket was full I...
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    Strange Growth - Can anyone tell me what this is please?

    I tried one of my other girls but I guess in my panic I didn't find the right spot - plus she wasn't being as cooperative.
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    Neighbors Taunt Dying Girl

    That poor little kid. Unbelievable!
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    Strange Growth - Can anyone tell me what this is please?

    Thank GOD!!!!!!! Oh, you made me so happy! I worry sick over these darn chickens! I was thinking how can I sleep tonight worrying about this mystery bump!??? Cancer? A tick? Some horrible chicken disease I haven't heard of yet?!! Well, Thanks so much for your speedy response! Have a wonderful...
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    Hen can't walk...

    My Barred Rock Chiclet did this last winter. One day she seemed to lose the strength in her legs and used her wings to drag herself. I brought her inside the house and fed her scrambled eggs and yogurt and a a mixture of tums and vitamin e. I massaged her legs while we watched tv together...
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