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Jersey giant, about 3 years old. She's been not herself the past few days, though still eating and out pecking and scratching the ground. Couldn't put a finger on what she's doing differently, but definitely not herself. I just went out to the chicken area and saw her flopped over, presumably dead. Nope, a few minutes later, got up and walked a few more feet and flopped over again, appearing dead. When I touched her, she got back up, walked another step, and again, playing dead.

 

So she's clearly on her way out, but I don't know why. Looks healthy, and the rest of the flock is all healthy and fine and running circles around her.

 

I haven't dealt with much in the way of disease, but I was wondering if this sounds like she's sick, or if her time has just come? I'm mostly wondering what I should be looking out for, if I need to take preventative measures with the rest of the flock.

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Jersey giant, about 3 years old. She's been not herself the past few days, though still eating and out pecking and scratching the ground. Couldn't put a finger on what she's doing differently, but definitely not herself. I just went out to the chicken area and saw her flopped over, presumably dead. Nope, a few minutes later, got up and walked a few more feet and flopped over again, appearing dead. When I touched her, she got back up, walked another step, and again, playing dead.

 

So she's clearly on her way out, but I don't know why. Looks healthy, and the rest of the flock is all healthy and fine and running circles around her.

 

I haven't dealt with much in the way of disease, but I was wondering if this sounds like she's sick, or if her time has just come? I'm mostly wondering what I should be looking out for, if I need to take preventative measures with the rest of the flock.

First thing I would do is give her a once over and make sure she doesnt have an egg stuck in her.... first and for most.. then seperate her.. give her the necessary chicken gaterade and watch her...  Are there any other symptoms... this could be blocked up on either side... or egg bound. Good luck.

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 My daily ramblings on about nothing http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1011208/making-the-most-of-it

 

 

If you can't laugh at yourself who can you laugh at.

 

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I did some research on checking for egg-bound problems, and she doesn't seem to have that. She's not dead yet! Up and around, just kind of wandering off on her own and being kind of slow and confused. Almost like a concussion or something. I'll continue to monitor. Mostly just curious for typical things to watch for in the overall flock when one chicken starts acting funny.

 

I've lost quite a few chickens this winter, but all do different predators/injuries/illnesses/ages. I'm certainly getting a lot of experience this way, but have yet to have something track-able and treatable!

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Could be many things. I would check her all over carefully. See if she's lost weight, see if there is any swellling or bloating in her lower belly from her legs back to the vent area. Check her for lice or mites. Have they been dewormed? How is her comb color? What are they being fed?
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No swelling, no bloating, comb is still its usual bright red (compared it to older pictures!), no mites. Our chickens free range for at least a few hours a day, and are supplemented with Layena crumbles (mostly to keep them interested in humans). She actually didn't come back to the coop last night, and I can't find her anywhere, so something had a tasty snack last night.

 

What should I watch for in the rest of my flock, in case it was some kind of illness? Or, is there something preventative I can do?

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