Acting broody w no eggs, getting weaker, maybe mites? Help! Pics.


In the Brooder
10 Years
Nov 30, 2009
Hi everybody. I just copied the suggested procedure and answered it in order... thanks for your help.

1) What type of bird , age and weight.

She's about 1 year lod, she's a light brahma, and weighs maybe 8 pounds?

2) What is the behavior, exactly.

She wont leave her nesting box, and stays wherever I put her down. Not very aggressive at all. Will join the others briefly, but ends up back in the box. She eats and drinks when I offer.

3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?

7-10 days...
4) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.

Her under side and rear are bare of feathers, and have crust. I include links to pics at the end of this post. I suapect mite eggs, but don't know.

5) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.

Nothinh that I can tell. A dog took out her tail feathers a couple of months ago.. but I dont think that's relevant.

6) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
Yes, but little.

7) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
Dont know. She's not doing anything in her box, and I cant tell who's is who's otherwise.

8) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
I've felt her body, to see if she was egg bound. Im no expert, but I dont think that I could feel anything unusual. I checked her vent, and it's not bloody.

9 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
I intend on doing what I can here at home.
10) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.

11) Describe the housing/bedding in use
Well built, dry coop. Laying boxes. Leaves for bedding. (they spend their time free ranging in the leaves anyway.

Thank you all.
I would say that you have a broody hen who also happens to have mites.

I have a hen who sat on nothing but pine shavings also, until i got her some eggs. Your description was perfect.
I can't really tell in the last picture but...You might want to check that hen for bumble foot. It looks like there is a small scab starting on the bottom of her foot. Then again it could also be dirt...

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