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    Slow/Sour Crop now Gasping for Air

    Hey all, So her crop has gone down a ton. There's just a golfball sized doughy lump in there that she doesn't seem to be opposed to me massaging gently. This seems like a nice thing to do but not sure if advised. We're only feeding her yogurt, oil, and egg so I'm guessing the doughy ball in...
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    Slow/Sour Crop now Gasping for Air

    Hi yes we started her on miconazole today. thank you i appreciate it. 1cc 3/day
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    Slow/Sour Crop now Gasping for Air

    Hi thank you for your responses. Yes, we are sure it is sour crop not impacted. And vomiting her is not something I want to be doing. I vomited her only when she was so full that I felt the risk of undigested food leaking into her airway outweighed the risk of aspiration from vomiting her if...
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    Slow/Sour Crop now Gasping for Air

    Hi all, we have been trying to take care of our chickee with a slow crop for about 6 days and now things are seeming to progress in a bad direction. Today when we picked her up she began gasping for air. Any thoughts??? I first noticed her lethargic, picked her up, and noticed how full she...
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    Amoxicillin and chickens

    Yes! Think vaccines... When you get vaccinated for a pathogen such as the flu or hepatitis, you are essentially getting a tiny and altered version of the flu or hep into your body so that your body can recognize it and become resistant to it. That is essentially what is happening with...
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    Introducing very docile Orpington Rooster to Flock of 3 Hens?

    So hopefully the docile Roo won't over-harass our 3 hens...
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    Introducing very docile Orpington Rooster to Flock of 3 Hens?

    Great info Dallas, thanks so much.
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    Introducing very docile Orpington Rooster to Flock of 3 Hens?

    Yeah, we will definitely do this. It's just the initial quarantine that is a big investment for something that might not work out later... But we are probably going to give it a shot. Thanks for responding Highstreet!
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    Introducing very docile Orpington Rooster to Flock of 3 Hens?

    I know it's not the ideal ratio but we are considering rescuing a roo and adding him to our little flock (2 BR and 1 RIR). Normally I'd worry about him harassing the girls but he is Seriously docile and if anything, it'll be the other way around (which would also be an issue). Although he is...
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    Ah! is this just molting???

    OK that's a relief, thanks for the replies! Haha, I'd rather her be ugly than sick! I did my best at a visual inspection for mites/lice and didn't find anything. She does seem to be pecking at herself a little bit though, causing some feathers to come out. Normal behavior when molding? Should...
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    Ah! is this just molting???

    Is she molting...? We're worried. We thought they were molting a few months ago but it didn't look nearly close to this. She is missing feathers mainly around her vent area and breast but also small patches around her legs and sides... Thank you!! cf
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    silly question maybe but...

    Are there any breeds of chickens that do not require supplementary feeding and will meet their nutritional needs solely by free rangin? I'm specifically curious bout laying hens... cf
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    Seaweed as chicken food

    My girls love seaweed. I bring a bunch back for them as a treat whenever I go to the beach. I just throw it in our compost pile and let them pick at it as they please. Bring back some coral weed for them (Coralina officianalis). It has a calcium carbonate skeleton. Being that it's just a...
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    Feeding hens their own shells...

    That's definitely an interesting observation! I'm still wondering if any science nerds care to comment on the potential existence/transmission of transmissable chickeniform encephalopathies.
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    Feeding hens their own shells...

    Ok so the economic motivations for feeding chickens their own eggshells are obvious, and the girls certainly seem to enjoy them... My question is whether anyone has ever read or heard of research done on the long-term safety of chickens eating their own eggshells. For example, the lethal mad...
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    Do they need constant access to their nesting boxes?

    great, thanks for all the help!!!
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    Do they need constant access to their nesting boxes?

    Hello, we have four happy young hens who recently started laying (within the last few weeks). We believe that it's important for their health, happiness and sanity to be able to free range so they spend most of the day doing just that. Our concern is that because we need to keep the run/coup...
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    silkie cut up/missing toe

    Thanks everyone I really appreciate your responses. I'll let you know how it goes...
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