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I had two chickens- a Delaware and a Barred Rock, both about four months old, and the Delaware died. I didn't want my Barred Rock to be lonely, so I got two baby chicks- a Silver Laced Wyandotte and an Australorp. I introduced them, for the first few weeks through a fence. When the baby chicks were about two and a half weeks old, I let them free with close supervision. Occasionally one of the little chicks would come up to my Barred Rock, and she would peck at them. Then I separated them for a while and reintroduced them. But one afternoon my Barred Rock started to flap and go crazy inside of her coop where we can't see her. When I checked on her, she had red along the the top of her beak to a little into her comb. The next day she twitched while she walked. I fear that she might be lonely, or is just going crazy. I don't know how to help her and I am concerned for her health. Please help, BYC professionals! 

My living chickens:

Barred Rock- Trice

Silver Laced Wyandotte- Johnny

 

Rest In Peace,

Delaware- Kenya

Silver Laced Wyandotte- Ardorda

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My living chickens:

Barred Rock- Trice

Silver Laced Wyandotte- Johnny

 

Rest In Peace,

Delaware- Kenya

Silver Laced Wyandotte- Ardorda

Reply
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I'm so sorry you are having trouble. Have you kept the littles separated? Does Trice have room outside the coop to forage? Maybe you could get her a treat ball or a broccoli head? A cooked corn on the cob to occupy her time and re-start supervised integration if you haven't? with limited info, it sounds like she just bonked her head pretty good! Best of luck to you and please keep us posted!

Walk gently on this earth. Do no harm. Laugh a lot at yourself. Be kind even when it's  hard.
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Walk gently on this earth. Do no harm. Laugh a lot at yourself. Be kind even when it's  hard.
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I agree, she is probably stressing from being alone and then having new flock mates added might just have her on edge... Something to occupy her attention, the broccoli would be a good one... Do you give them scratch at all? That can help ease boredom too.

It's going to take some time for her to get used to the new intruders, and she will probably always be top hen, and will peck accordingly wink.png

Do they have spaces to hide out or separate from each other if need be?
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/990759/chickens-in-permaculture

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1008185/lets-talk-relocation

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http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/990759/chickens-in-permaculture

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1008185/lets-talk-relocation

3rd generation of Colorado ranchers, raising organic alfalfa, corn, Red Angus cattle, Suffolk sheep and of course, chickens! Comitted to a lifetime of health without chemicals, I am entirely dependent on what God has given me to nurture soil, plant, and animal. Sharing...
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I had two chickens- a Delaware and a Barred Rock, both about four months old, and the Delaware died. I didn't want my Barred Rock to be lonely, so I got two baby chicks- a Silver Laced Wyandotte and an Australorp. I introduced them, for the first few weeks through a fence. When the baby chicks were about two and a half weeks old, I let them free with close supervision. Occasionally one of the little chicks would come up to my Barred Rock, and she would peck at them. Then I separated them for a while and reintroduced them. But one afternoon my Barred Rock started to flap and go crazy inside of her coop where we can't see her. When I checked on her, she had red along the the top of her beak to a little into her comb. The next day she twitched while she walked. I fear that she might be lonely, or is just going crazy. I don't know how to help her and I am concerned for her health. Please help, BYC professionals! 

I'm wondering what did the other bird die from?

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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I'm wondering what did the other bird die from?

Good catch, aart... I'm wondering too...

What was the red? Was it blood, or was it her coloring, ie, her beak and skin reddish colored?

The flopping in the coop when you couldn't see could have been more than just a fit of chicken angst... It could have literally been a fit of dementia, or a seizure of some sort?
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/990759/chickens-in-permaculture

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1008185/lets-talk-relocation

3rd generation of Colorado ranchers, raising organic alfalfa, corn, Red Angus cattle, Suffolk sheep and of course, chickens! Comitted to a lifetime of health without chemicals, I am entirely dependent on what God has given me to nurture soil, plant, and animal. Sharing...
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http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/990759/chickens-in-permaculture

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1008185/lets-talk-relocation

3rd generation of Colorado ranchers, raising organic alfalfa, corn, Red Angus cattle, Suffolk sheep and of course, chickens! Comitted to a lifetime of health without chemicals, I am entirely dependent on what God has given me to nurture soil, plant, and animal. Sharing...
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Good catch, aart... I'm wondering too...

What was the red? Was it blood, or was it her coloring, ie, her beak and skin reddish colored?

The flopping in the coop when you couldn't see could have been more than just a fit of chicken angst... It could have literally been a fit of dementia, or a seizure of some sort?

it was blood, but it did heal quickly afterwards

My living chickens:

Barred Rock- Trice

Silver Laced Wyandotte- Johnny

 

Rest In Peace,

Delaware- Kenya

Silver Laced Wyandotte- Ardorda

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My living chickens:

Barred Rock- Trice

Silver Laced Wyandotte- Johnny

 

Rest In Peace,

Delaware- Kenya

Silver Laced Wyandotte- Ardorda

Reply
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