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Silkie acting a little strange.

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I recently got 2 Silkie hens from someone getting rid of them. She said they are almost a year and haven't started laying yet. They seem to be very attached to each other and always stay together but the last 2 or 3 days one of them has not been coming out of the coop into the yard by itself. I will go look in there and she will just be sleeping in a corner or in a box by herself in there. If I pick her up and put her in the yard she seems to act normal (eats and drinks and pecks around) but for some reason she seems a little lethargic just wanting to sleep in the coop by herself....Anyone have any ideas and to what could be going on?

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If she's pecking around normally when you place her outside, but afterward just wants to head back to her nest or corner, then she most likely is just going broody.  Silkies are notorious for going broody fairly often.

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Okay, I wasn't sure if she would be broody before she has started laying yet. I'm a first time chicken owner, my husband has had chickens growing up but I'm still new to it :)

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My friend has two silkie hens and both go broody every 6 weeks. They are known for it!

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Okay, I just went and looked her over and found mites hmm.png I washed her off and blow dryer her and then put Diatomaceous earth on her... Anyohave abyany other ideas to get her feeling better? She was acting totally normal until just about 2 days ago but I've only had her for 2 or 3 weeks!
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I would check her again in 10 days to see if the DE worked (not a fan of using DE to treat mites - I think it helps prevent, but feel something stronger should be used to actually treat).  Always check about 10-14 days later after treating external parasites, because if eggs weren't killed, and hatch, then they're re-infesting the animal.

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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What do you suggest using for mites? Today she is acting weak/tired. Haven't seen her eat anything. I gave her some sugar water with a dropper and am going to go into town and try and get something else to put on her to treat her. I hope she makes it! She is the sweetest hen!
Edited by Cholbrook - 5/21/16 at 10:12am
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What has worked well here for mites is Frontline.  I've used the spray form and I've used the stuff I had on hand for dogs (in the little pipettes).  If you use the drop on stuff - only a drop or two - NOT the entire package.  Or you can douse a Qtip with it and rub that onto the skin - I do the neck skin and the skin beneath the vent area.  I've read comments that Adams flea/tick spray will work too.

 

You might worm her, just in case its an internal parasite issue too - wazine addresses roundworms.

 

BUT...I'm still betting money that she is simply broody.  Many broody hens only eat sporadically.  And they do lose weight while brooding.  I'm really hoping that it's as simple as that.  Does she "growl" a little or make noises of protest when you remove her from her spot???  It certainly won't hurt to treat the mites and worm her even if she is just broody.

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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