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    Confirm sex on some ugly, ugly Silkies.

    Last one looks like a roo, and what on earth is that crusty stuff on them? Please quarantine these guys for the safety of your other birds.
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    Diary of a Crossbeak: Support for Special Needs Chickens and their Keepers

    A small eye (microphthalmia) is genetic, not a deformity from trauma in the egg. Genetic causes of microphthalmia include chromosomal abnormalities (trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome),Triploid Syndrome, and Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome) or monogenetic Mendelian disorders. I would not breed him. Sorry!
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    CUTS on there Backs while trying to hatch!!

    I have seen this exact issue in kittens. It happens in the womb and they usually die. It's a spinal deformity. Not sure what causes it.
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    Hen losing weight rapidly

    So my hen seems to have pulled through - still skinny but gaining weight and actually interested in food. I don't think she would have made it without the tube feeding to get her through the worst part, but it thankfully seems to be over!
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    Hen losing weight rapidly

    Any other input? I've been tube feeding her and it seems to be perking her up but she's still so light.
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    Hen losing weight rapidly

    She has stopped molting and her feathers are growing back, but she is still skinny and has no appetite. She has lost more weight. Her keel bone is like a blade. I think I am going to have to tube feed her. She still drinks water like crazy too. I don't know what's wrong with her. :(
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    Hen losing weight rapidly

    She is molting! Randomly, too. It's only her, and she is dropping feathers like mad. Looks like a pillow exploded in my yard. I will try the sloppy French toast! Also I do have penicillin but I do not have the correct syringe needles for injecting chickens. Can you give me a gauge/size you use?
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    Hen losing weight rapidly

    Hi guys. I have a hatchery salmon Faverolle hen who has been dropping weight like crazy. She used to be a fatty. She does not seem to be interested in food and when I pick her up her crop is always empty. She is the only hen I have with any symptoms. I run a closed flock. She has not laid an egg...
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    Diary of a Crossbeak: Support for Special Needs Chickens and their Keepers

    Just wanted to update about Bird- she is doing great. She's healthy and almost 2 years old now. Keep fighting the good fight- they can make it this long! I am also very saddened to hear about Cadbury. My condolences, she was a very sweet little bird.
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    2013 SEED/PLANT/GARDENING SWAP

    button quail? the teensy ones? How long do you incubate them?
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    Diary of a Crossbeak: Support for Special Needs Chickens and their Keepers

    Awww, that's so sad. Maybe if she gets broody again you can set her up in a little cat carrier with food and water all to herself, then get a couple feed store babies to stick under her so she can be a mommy?
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    Diary of a Crossbeak: Support for Special Needs Chickens and their Keepers

    Yeah twisted beak is not the same as cross - with the crossbeaks the upper and lower mandible do not line up and overgrow. Twisted beaks may have a little less accuracy than regular beaked chickens while eating but they do not usually require trimming because the bottom and top line up and keep...
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    Diary of a Crossbeak: Support for Special Needs Chickens and their Keepers

    I'm not sure if it will grow back... and the chicken... pregnant? I'm confused. You can treat her for the injury and she can learn to live with it, and eventually some will grow back - may not look the best but it will grow, beaks always do, very slowly.
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    Diary of a Crossbeak: Support for Special Needs Chickens and their Keepers

    Interesting! So how do you feed it? I'm assuming it is kind of a slop when fed - you give cadbury a bowl by herself I guess and the rest just pig out? Do you use a bin or trough to feed them? I'm just curious, thanks for the info.
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    Diary of a Crossbeak: Support for Special Needs Chickens and their Keepers

    I am curious to know as well - about the fermented feed. Bird has been losing weight recently. It's hard to fatten up a chicken with this condition.
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    Diary of a Crossbeak: Support for Special Needs Chickens and their Keepers

    Look up wry neck. The cure is poly-vi-sol without iron (liquid infant vitamins) if it is a vitamin deficiency. The bird could also have an ear infection, look at the ear and see if there is any swelling, discharge, foul odors, or so forth. Check her well for parasites - mites/worms can make...
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