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    Ascites disappearing?!

    Hen in question is 2 years old, isa brown. Otherwise healthy, eating drinking fine. For several months my hen has had fluid accumulating in her abdomen. I got the vet to drain it and the fluid was a dark green, but not chunky. With the fluid removed I was able to feel a mass, about the size of...
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    Tips for diagnosing a swollen bottom?

    Hi all. I have a hen whose bottom has been getting larger within the last month, during which period she has stopped laying (normal for this time of year anyway). Her abdomen feels firm, but not solid. It’s squish-able but not squishy. Symmetrical and no solid characteristics or landmarks. It...
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    Canker or fowl pox?

    Hello, does anyone have any insight as to what I may be dealing with here and how to treat? There is black around the mouth area and the nose cavity is filled with a white mass. First seen 2 weeks ago, has since been isolated. Age is unknown. Healthy weight, regular layer. Breath smells fine (I...
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    Hen trying to mate with other hen and prolapsing!

    I just watched my hen hump another hen so vigorously that her vent was prolapsed for the next twenty seconds. She stood there upright, dripping out liquid, before she sucked it back up again and continued on her merry way. Is this...... normal? Is a more serious prolapse possible in the future...
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    Chicken has white face!

    Hi all! Firstly, these are not my chickens but chickens from an animal rescue that I volunteer at regularly. It is very busy out there and I do not want criticism of how long it’s taken me to notice these things (haha). Months ago I noticed one chicken (isa brown, 1 year old) was white - one...
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    Lice? Mites? What are these!

    On several occasions now I’ve spotted a bug of some sort scampering between my hen’s feathers! It’s larger than what I would expect any kind of mite to be - about the length of a fingernail. It was dark coloured. And it was FAST. Zoomed away when I tried to flick it off. I’ve not seen any on my...
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    Bright red crop!

    I’ve noticed one of my hens has a bright red crop! Should I be worried? The skin is slightly blotchy. It is still emptying perfectly each morning, and in its empty state it is still bright red. She has also been blind her entire life - I say this because she is capable of eating suspicious...
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    Sand in duck’s bottom

    Hello brains trust! I have a peculiar issue I’m searching a name for. There is a duck where I volunteer, and she has what seems to be sand in her abdomen. Probably a litre’s worth. It drags on the floor like a balloon. I’ve had hens with ascites before but I’m sure this is not that, you can...
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    Reproductive disorder

    Hello everyone, I have posted this issue multiple times, hoping that maybe the right person will see it. I have a hen with chronic laying issues. It goes on a while but I’d appreciate all the help I can get. -she is an isa brown, 2 years old. Access to laying pellets and poutry mix, grit, egg...
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    Treating Salpingitis (lash egg) without a poultry vet, please help! xx

    One of my chickens has laid what I now believe to be a lash egg. I’m hoping to receive some clarification here about treatment possibilities, and my hen’s outlook. I do not have access to a poultry vet. My #1 suspect has always been a dodgy layer. Her first egg was a huge triple yolker, and...
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    What is this poo!?!

    Found this poop in the nesting box this morning, anyone know what it means? Looking at it, it looks smooth and soft, but despite being fresh, the pinkish-white is very solid. The dab of brown on top is me trying and failing to poke through it with a stick. I suspect one of my girls has worms...
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    My blind chicken has taught her sisters to eat sand! Help!

    Okay first of all: yes, I understand the concept of grit. And how chickens scrummage through dirt looking for bugs. This is not that. So we have a blind chicken, and instead of being at the bottom of the pecking order, she’s actually quite popular. She’s taught her sisters a LOT of bad habits—...
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    How to help an irregular egg layer?

    So we have this hen, isa brown, 1 year old. She’s absolutely enormous physically, queen of the flock. She also has a very irregular egg schedule: missing a day, laying twice in one day, laying in the evening, laying at midnight. She usually lays in her nest (unless it’s a midnight egg in which...
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    Tumour identification and treatment?

    DISCLAIMER: Alright so I know that tumours are pretty much incurable. Probably, the most humane thing for me to do is put my hen down, but I’m finding that very difficult when she’s still so lively, so I want to explore every one of my options to make her last days as comfortable as possible. I...
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    Impacted crop

    For the past two days I’ve noticed that my hen Eileen has had a hard mass in her crop. It’s only the size of a large marble, but rock solid. I’ve dealt with impacted and sour crops before, but not sure how to approach this one as she is still eating and drinking fine– and the food she’s eating...
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    Hen with egg membrane stuck in bum

    Hi all, I have a troubled hen. She appears to have an egg membrane that’s she’s halfway to passing, as if she was laying a soft shelled egg and it burst halfway through, and now it’s too thin for her to push out herself or something. She’s spent 4 hours now on her nest, trying to get it out. She...
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    Stressed hen :(

    hello again everyone! Bare with me, our chickens’ roosting arrangements are quite complicated. Recently the hen in question become very aggressive to our other animals, including our young chicken batch and even our cats! She is getting so aggressive with one cat that I actually fear for the...
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    We’re thinking of getting some roosters?

    First of all, a little background knowledge: We have two small separate flocks, consisting of four hens and the other of two hens. The two hens are very old and no longer lay, they free range our five acres. The flock of four hens are kept in an enclosure permanently because one of the members...
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    Recurring infection (?)

    Hi all, I have an old (age unknown) isa brown chook who consistently every month gets sick. First time it happened, she was pooping out what seemed to be egg white, and her solid poop was an opaque pale yellow with moss green throughout. She looked to be in a lot of pain and her abdomen was...
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    Non-wandering chicken breeds?

    Hey all! Are there any chicken breeds that don’t mind being enclosed? The pen is about 10metres by 30 metres (more of a mini backyard) with several mini pens inside for roosting. We currently have three mature hens in there, that get free range of the yard (five acres, unfenced) and only go...
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