Acting strange

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickenmantom, May 5, 2017.

  1. chickenmantom

    chickenmantom New Egg

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    So my gen is acting strange, laying around and not moving too much. Seems alert, eats and drinks. She has a weird irritation(I think) on her underside. Any advice is helpful [​IMG]
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Hi [​IMG] Welcome To BYC

    Check her over for any signs of lice/mites.

    Laying around can be a number of things, if you have vet care that would be best. It looks like she has worn off some feather on her belly, this can be from the laying around, getting rubbed off while roosting, etc. Some hens have some sparse feather there.
     
  3. coach723

    coach723 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has she gone broody?
     
  4. chickenmantom

    chickenmantom New Egg

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    I would say she has gone broody. She has moved around a bit today, still staying close to the nesting boxes though. Hoping for the best at this point.
     
  5. coach723

    coach723 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you think she's broody, here is a link to some info on how to recognize it: http://www.fresheggsdaily.com/2012/01/so-youve-got-broody-hen.html
    You can either let her sit on and hatch some fertilized eggs, or you can break her. Some suggestions in the article above. I use a wire crate. Usually takes several days to a week to "change her mind". Some hens will break quickly and some can be very stubborn about it.
    It's a good idea to break them if you aren't going to let her hatch for all the reasons in the link above.
     

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