That is strange, definitely worth getting tested for. Mine's legs just got weak, they got off balance, and then we had to put them out of their misery because they couldn't get to food and water. I'm kinda scared they'll come back with the report of death as "broken neck". I wrote in the paperwork that all that had it had to be culled, so I think they'll know. What I was worried about was their symptoms matched no diseases that I researched. All of them that sounded similar were diseases they could get under a certain age, and they were already past it.
She said mine had thickened nerves (but she didn't look microscopically yet), and she said it could maybe be Marek's (which I don't suspect because only 3 got it and they're pretty young for that) or a B2 deficiency... but those were just guesses as of right now.
ETA the first thing she said when she called was "we found a significant amount of trauma to the birds neck... did you euthanize it?" I found it kind of funny, even though it isn't really.
Very cute wing!!!
Speaking of broodies, my broody has slowly been distancing herself from her babies. Yesterday, I saw her squat for the rooster and today she layed her first egg. Outside the coop door, but at least she's back. Her babies care about her way more than she cares about them, it's a little sad actually. They have to learn sometime though I guess. They're about 7 weeks. She kept her last batch much longer.
Some broodies are kind of mean and kick their babies to the curb, and others do it gradually. They'll stop calling their babies when they get too far, then they stop clucking for treats, and then they don't let them under their wings at roost-time. Others broodies just flick the switch, decide they don't want their babies anymore, and it's a complete 180. They peck and chase their babies away, and want nothingg to do with them.
I've let one of my hens raise clutches on two different occasions, so I only have experience with one particular hen being broody. None of my others have ever gone broody except for her.
Not to burst your bubble, but they probably won't let you cuddle them broody babies are particularly crazy because they weren't raised by humans and therefore don't trust them at all. Mine typically won't even eat out of my hand. Mom has to take it from my hand and give it to them 😂
Edited by chippysmom327 - 6/12/15 at 10:21pm