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    Injured hen drinking and spilling a lot

    It is, but I'm not sure what to do for it outside of taking her to a vet. Suggestions?
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    Injured hen drinking and spilling a lot

    The only wounds were on her comb and beak and haven't bled at all since the morning she was attacked. I was a little worried, but they seem to be leaving her alone. I think the fracture in her beak actually messed with her nostril. Can anything be done with that? She seemed to be breathing...
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    Injured hen drinking and spilling a lot

    To update everyone, Elsa made a miraculous recovery. I'm starting to think she is a bionic chicken. She already survived a dog attack in which her wing bone was broken and punctured through the skin, now to recover from a raccoon? The only reason I woke up that night was hearing a raccoon...
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    Injured hen drinking and spilling a lot

    Ok, next question for all you helpful folks... She was already starting to molt. Now she has quite a few bare patches on her body where feathers got ripped out (but no wounds, thankfully), and she is losing feathers like crazy (much more than regular molting). I'm worried she won't have many...
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    Injured hen drinking and spilling a lot

    Oh, good to know. Thanks for all this. So I can just put Neosporin on her eyes?
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    Injured hen drinking and spilling a lot

    While she didn't eat anything, she did bring her beak down to her food bowl and attempt to. Hopefully she is getting her appetite back? She also has some mucus coming out of her eyes and in her mouth. Do you think she needs antibiotics, or anything?
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    Injured hen drinking and spilling a lot

    I have been giving her an electrolyte mix. I have been looking at the KayTee food online, and I'm going to go get some today. When should I start force feeding her? The attack happened 3 days ago, and she hasn't had food since. Does her body still need time, or should I start now? Also, how...
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    Injured hen drinking and spilling a lot

    Thank you for checking! I definitely think she has a cracked beak, especially on one side. The eye on that side has mucous coming out of it. I'm assuming the nostril is messed up and blocked. I don't know if it is cracked there, as well, or if it is just covered with blood. Should I try to...
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    Injured hen drinking and spilling a lot

    Good idea. I will do that tomorrow. I really have no idea how much water she is getting. How can I even tell?
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    Injured hen drinking and spilling a lot

    A raccoon got into our coop the other night and I woke up to the raccoon screaming. I ran out thinking our top hen was dead because of her feathers were everywhere, but about 5 minutes after I got outside, she ran out of the coop injured. That was about 36 hours ago. She is now recuperating in...
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    Sex of 27 week old chicken

    He is!!! Unfortunately that house in the background is our neighbor’s. We live in a neighborhood, and although spacious, there are still lots of people around. He just started crowing, and while it’s soft right now, we know it will only be getting louder.
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    Sex of 27 week old chicken

    The white chicken seem to grow the fastest and is a comparable size to his brother now. But when the brother already looks like this, it leaves us scratching our head.
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    Sex of 27 week old chicken

    Is this chicken a rooster? We were assuming he is, but compared to his impressive brother, his rooster signs are weak. He has the thin neck feathers, but when I look at pics of other Easter egger hens, some have them as well. I don’t see defined saddleback feathers, but maybe the are coming? He...
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    Barred Rock/Ameraucauna mix -- idea of sexing?

    Any ideas what this little thing may be at 7 weeks? The roo is a barred rock and the mom an ameraucauna. We also have two other siblings that look like barred rocks. Same age. One is already starting to form wattles and a bigger comb, so I assume a rooster? The other has a muff, so I'm...
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    Chicks, a mother who lost interest (maybe), a hawk, and a bully

    Ugh, it just kills me because they were all coexisting so nicely together the past 6 weeks. The chicks were free-ranging with the mom, the chicks were sleeping with the bigger hens. All was well and it required no extra effort on our part. They still all seem to be sleeping nicely together...
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    Chicks, a mother who lost interest (maybe), a hawk, and a bully

    A wonderful hen of ours reared 3 chicks this summer. After raising some chicks in our garage last year, my husband and I have praised how easy this process has been to have a hen do it all for us. They have free-ranged from the beginning with all our other hens and all have been living happily...
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    Not Sure If You've Got A Pullet Or Cockerel? Click Here! Thread 2

    Alright. Here are our little ones. They are all 3.5 months.
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    Introduction of chicks (I have read it all, but I'm still unsure)

    We have 3 hens and 5 10week old chicks. About a month ago, we moved the chicks out of our garage into an enclosed crate my husband made which is in the enclosed coop. This has acted as the chicks "safe house". I'm really ready to have them in the coop at night, though, because of predators...
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    Tail feathers cocked to side?

    Hatchery. I figured this was part of the problem...
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    Tail feathers cocked to side?

    Does anyone know if this is anything to worry about? There is a golfball-sized bump on our 2-month chicks back. It's hard and does not seem to bother her when we touch it.
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