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Penguin walking hen, can't feel an egg

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I have a young girl (6 months old) that hasn't been laying long at all.  This evening she started walking like a penguin.  My husband and I both tried to see if we could feel an egg (reading that she was likely egg-bound) and yet we cannot feel anything like an egg.  Is there any other reason she could be doing this?  All I keep reading is that if we don't feel an egg then she isn't egg-bound, but she is walking funny.  We did give her some Tums (calcium) wrapped in bread and given with some cottage cheese.  She ate all of this fine.  We have her in a dog crate inside the house until I know she's well enough for outside again.  Thanks in advance.

 

Leah

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The penguin walk can also be common in chickens with internal laying. But I wouldn't overreact just yet. she may be just getting ready to lay. Is her comb bright red, and if so, how long has it been? I really would put her back in the coop so that she can lay her first egg in there. If she is in trouble, she probably would be alright left in the coop, but if she is in a crate, it might make her hold it in longer, if she is egg bound.

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Thank you for your help. Her comb is its usual color, but it hasn't been very long that she is walking like this. This wouldn't be her first egg, though. She been laying daily for about a month.

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