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when a hen holds her wings up higher, what does it mean?

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I was reintroducing my hen Sky who has been in isolation for months, back into the flock. My other girl Izzy was being civil this time and they were pecking at seed together under my VERY close watch. I am a little over protective especially as Izzy jumped at Sky and tried to attack her the last time I tried to reintroduce Sky but that was months ago. I believe Sky is actually starting to look better this time but anyway I noticed Izzy was strutting around with her wings held up instead of sagging more or sitting in the right place like normal. Is this to display dominance or just random? Also what foods or medicens etc. are good to bring a hens weight back to normal? Thanks
Edited by Wild--Star - 4/14/16 at 7:41pm

"All animals are somebody - someone with a life of their own. Behind those eyes is a story, the story of their life in their world as they experience it." ~Tom Regan 

 

 

I used to be in a wildlife rescue organisation and i loved rescuing and raising sick/injured/orphaned animals. I raised a joey wallaby and loved her like my baby (profile pis is of her).  I love all animals!

 

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"All animals are somebody - someone with a life of their own. Behind those eyes is a story, the story of their life in their world as they experience it." ~Tom Regan 

 

 

I used to be in a wildlife rescue organisation and i loved rescuing and raising sick/injured/orphaned animals. I raised a joey wallaby and loved her like my baby (profile pis is of her).  I love all animals!

 

~Wild

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Wings are held like that when a chicken is too hot.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Would have to see what you saw, but from what you describe, 

 

Hens will "strut" a bit and charge a newcomer, and they do hold their wings out to do that. So it may have been a dominance thing...or could have been the hen was hot. Holding the wings out to the side can also indicate being hot if there was no interaction between the birds.

 

You don't say why Sky was in isolation. If illness, then feeding good food like scrambled eggs, yogurt, and warm feed mash can help with weight gain.

 

Low weight often indicates worms. I would put them all on a good worming regiment if you've not done so.

 

LofMc

Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Thankyou both :) she must have been hot and with Sky, yes sorry i forgot to mention she has been sick, but shes looking better now. Sorry sometimes i just subconsciously automatically assume that everybody knows whats going with my hens as i have done so much forruming on them lol. Didnt stop to think.  Anyway i have just put her on some wormer today actually so thank you again and okay i will start feeding her more of the good stuff again. xx

"All animals are somebody - someone with a life of their own. Behind those eyes is a story, the story of their life in their world as they experience it." ~Tom Regan 

 

 

I used to be in a wildlife rescue organisation and i loved rescuing and raising sick/injured/orphaned animals. I raised a joey wallaby and loved her like my baby (profile pis is of her).  I love all animals!

 

~Wild

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"All animals are somebody - someone with a life of their own. Behind those eyes is a story, the story of their life in their world as they experience it." ~Tom Regan 

 

 

I used to be in a wildlife rescue organisation and i loved rescuing and raising sick/injured/orphaned animals. I raised a joey wallaby and loved her like my baby (profile pis is of her).  I love all animals!

 

~Wild

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