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    Chickens are all ? attacking one on the ground

    I have 6 SS (3 young) and one Wellsummer (5 yrs old) and 2 Australorps (both 5 months old). The Welsummer is usually quite timid about everything. Today the Welsummer had one of Australorps pinned on the ground and was pecking her head. Two other times in the past few weeks an Austalorp (same...
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    Amoxi-tabs excessive dose?

    My SS chicken is bloated, and was taken to the vet. She was prescribed Amoxi-tabs 400 mg twice a day. The pill itself is huge-and looks more like a dog sized dose. We need to cut it into fourths- From what I've found online it seems she would get 22 mg a day (she is about 5 lbs). Even a...
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    SS swollen legs and feet getting worse-not emergency

    Hi all, This isn't an emergency, but I'm posting in the hope that someone has experienced this and knows what it is. This started last Dec. One day Canela's ankles were swollen- next day another hen had similar swelling, Both went to a local vet who suspected osteopetrosis, and suggested...
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    Two chickens already died-is this a solution?

    Hi all, Long story short we put a second hen (Bridget) down today from what seems to be the same thing. The first one (Lizzie) had a post mortem that showed bad adhesions in her intestines. The second one (Bridget) had numerous unshelled eggs stuck inside that the vets suspected was caused by...
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    Osteopetrosis or something else?

    Hi everyone as I posted a few months ago, two of our girls had deformed legs and the vet (and some poultry experts from Cornell) were pretty sure it was osteopetrosis. But leg X-rays of the more affected chicken did not show any enlarged bones, so the vets thought maybe I caught it before the...
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    Dog attack-one chicken near death-what do I do?

    Something attacked our chickens today, killing one and we found another one almost dead. Two are missing and we can't find any evidence of them... I brought the injured one inside but she can't keep her head up, although she does move it once in a while so she is at this point alive. There are...
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    Hen with swollen legs after death of another in flock

    Hi My older hen Lizzie died Tues night from impacted crop and probably other complications. I will post more later about this, after info from the necropsy. She had swollen toes on one foot. The vet looked at it. It did not seem like an abscess. Now one of my younger chickens has very, very...
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    Sour or impacted crop

    Our girl, Lizzie, that I thought was struggling with the low temperatures actually has impacted or sour crop. When bringing her inside to check her over some liquid came out of her, so I turned her over and a massive amount of (very smelly) dark brown liquid came out. I did this a few more...
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    6 opossums and now 2 foxes. Any wildlife experts here?

    We just trapped our 6th opossum near the compost bin. I thought we could breathe now, but I saw a red fox run through our yard around 7:30 am. When I followed the tracks I found one set and my husband found another set. So there have been at least 2 times the fox has been on our land. The...
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    I think our coop is too big. Ideas?

    When we bought this house it had a coop inside an old barn (concrete floor, real walls, a ventilation window covered with hardware cloth, and two doors) I thought this was great but now looking at coop pictures on BYC I think it's too big and there is no way our chickens can keep themselves at...
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    Again no eggs for months

    My girls molted in and around Sept. We haven't had any eggs from any of them since then. (even the ones who weren't yet molting) It was not cold in Sept or Oct but did get cold in November. Then it warmed again for most of Dec. Can anyone explain why they stopped laying so early, or if there...
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    Photos of your predator proof coop/run please!

    We just trapped a 5th opossum on our land and I would love to see photos of coops/runs that are really predator proof. Any info (or photos) of what predators have been unsuccessful at getting to your chickens would also be helpful. Some of you have mentioned keeping chicks safe with bobcats and...
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    Suggestions for trail camera for predators

    Hi all We had an opossum in the coop two nights ago, which thankfully did not kill any of our chickens. He got in before we closed the door, and my husband discovered him when he went to lock up. I think he was only there a few minutes at best. He walked in the main coop door; our coop is...
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    small white bugs on chicken-what are they?

    Hi Everyone I posted a few days ago about our hen that has egg yolk peritonitis. She's on antibiotics and pain killers and doing very well. Last week when we gave her a bath a few tiny white/flesh colored bugs crawled off of her and onto us. They were tiny, barely visible and round. We are...
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    Bloated, slow moving chicken with dirty butt

    We noticed a Saturday AM that a three yr old Speckled Sussex looks like a balloon and was moving very slowly. A few hours later she was lying down when the other 9 were not. I did as much research as I could and decided to give her a bath because her butt was dirty and maybe it was vent...
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    Is this bumblefoot?

    We suspect bumble foot on our Brahma Lizzie. She has a pink welt between her toes on one foot, and the bottoms looked a little red. Today we soaked her feet for probably 30 mins with warm water and epsom salt, changing the water three times. But when I looked at her feet I saw there were some...
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    Breeders for old world breeds????

    Hi I was searching for breeders and read an old post here that said, "I also know I want pure unadulterated old world breeds." What are the old world breeds? And am I correct in assuming that the large scale hatcheries are kind of the "puppy mills" of the chicken world? I am hoping Sussex...
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    Fire Hazard with energizers for netting

    I just got this from Premier 1 -I do not know anything more about it but since it could affect us I'm posting. Feel free to re-post if it will help. I'm sure there's more info on their website. Fire! Be Careful Where You Buy Fence Energizers A 6 wheel UTV that was destroyed by the fire...
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    Dog or fence for predators

    Yesterday a fox or coyote similar took my Speckled Sussex during the day. We are also missing 3 barn kittens and feel it's probably the same predator (but can't be sure of that). My girls are locked in at night and nothing has ever happened to them at night. There's hard wire on the windows...
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    Any Speckled Sussex breeders?

    Hey I'd like to buy 6 or so Speckled Sussex chicks very soon. Some hatcheries have a minimum order of 25 and that's far too many chickens for us. Anyone have or know where I can buy some SS asap after June 18?
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