I have got some questions about two of my hens.

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The white hen - let me clarify - she has not laid ANY eggs at all within the last year?
Does she have any symptoms like difficulty walking, not eating/drinking, lethargy, etc.?

Second hen - how is her crop - have you checked it at night to see that it's full, then first thing in the morning before eating/drinking - should be empty? Also, how does her abdomen feel - any bloat, swelling, feeling like it has fluid in it? Any odd eggs?

Some hens as they get older, stop laying eggs - this may be what your white hen has done - she may be essentially done laying eggs - if she is not showing any symptoms of illness, then just keep an eye on her to see that she is eating/drinking and active.

The second hen, depending on the crop - may have some crop issues. Internal laying/reproductive disorders can be common as well.

If you have a vet that can perform testing on a fresh poop sample, have them check for Cocci overload, worms and bacterial infection.

Provide your hens with some poultry vitamins a couple of times a week and some probiotics/yogurt.

Keep us posted.
 

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The white hen - let me clarify - she has not laid ANY eggs at all within the last year?

Yes that right.

Does she have any symptoms like difficulty walking, not eating/drinking, lethargy, etc.?

She walking, eating and drinking fine.

Second hen - how is her crop

I'm not sure about this, I'll have to check when the sun is out.

- have you checked it at night to see that it's full, then first thing in the morning before eating/drinking - should be empty?

No I haven't yet, but I will do.

Also, how does her abdomen feel - any bloat, swelling, feeling like it has fluid in it?

No I haven't yet, but I will do.

Any odd eggs?

No all her eggs I get from her are all the same colour.

Some hens as they get older, stop laying eggs - this may be what your white hen has done - she may be essentially done laying eggs - if she is not showing any symptoms of illness, then just keep an eye on her to see that she is eating/drinking and active.

She seems to be fine when it comes to moving. eating and drinking.

The second hen, depending on the crop - may have some crop issues. Internal laying/reproductive disorders can be common as well.

Okay I'll look in to that.

If you have a vet that can perform testing on a fresh poop sample, have them check for Cocci overload, worms and bacterial infection.

I'll have to talk to my mum about that.

Provide your hens with some poultry vitamins a couple of times a week and some probiotics/yogurt.

My mum buys the food for them. I'll have to talk to she about it.

Keep us posted.

Will do
 

aurimilky

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I have now talked to my mum about the vet. My mum and gran both said no about the vet as it costs too much money, for just one hen.
 

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O.K.

Check the Second hen's crop to make sure it's functioning properly. (At night, then first thing in the morning). Also feel her abdomen for any bloat/fullness.

It won't hurt to give her some poultry vitamins and mix a little yogurt with the feed (you can let the white hen have it too:)).

What did you worm with - dosage?
 

aurimilky

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Check the Second hen's crop to make sure it's functioning properly. (At night, then first thing in the morning). Also feel her abdomen for any bloat/fullness.

Okay will do.

It won't hurt to give her some poultry vitamins and mix a little yogurt with the feed (you can let the white hen have it too:)).

Ok I'll looking to that.

What did you worm with - dosage?

All of my chickens where wormed with Verm-X Liquid Chicken Wormer in their water, D!E POWDER DIATOMACEOUS EARTH in their food. Also I use a small natural jute dispensing bag in the hen house door, to kill WORMER/RED MITE/FLEA/LICE/LOUSE and other bugs.
 

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The black hen was drooling from her beak before I wormed her. D!E POWDER DIATOMACEOUS EARTH in their food. All of my chickens where wormed with Verm-X Liquid Chicken Wormer in their water

Personally, I would eliminate the DE in the food:) Most feeds do contain a small amount of DE to help control weevils in the feed, but imho, feeding DE does nothing to treat worm infestations.

Verm-X, I can't comment on, I have never used it - seems like some people love it, some don't.

Since your hen was drooling before worming - do check the crop - she may be having some issues there.

Keep us posted.
 

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