Anyone experience this?


7 Years
Jul 29, 2013
Southern Illinois
Story time! Last week, I was doing my routine chicken chores and all the birds were roosted up. I was focusing on collecting eggs and all of a sudden, I hear this big THUD and I turn to witness my only Light Brahma hen flailing and flopping around on the ground. My first thought was she got a good peck, jumped or fell off the roost, landed on her head and broke her neck. However, after about 20 seconds, she stopped and just sat there, stunned-like. I set her back on the roost, and that was that for that night. Now, I have been watching her very closely, and she acts completely normal. She eats, drinks, forages, and even lays normally (as normal as possible in this blasted heat). I thought it was a one time thing, but it happened again tonight and I got to talking about the chickens with my grandpa and he said "The white chicken with the feathered feet had a fit in front of my porch a couple days ago." Said she was flopping around like she got her head hacked off. I know it had to be her. She's the only one that fits that description. Any ideas what this may be? It's a first for me in my years with poultry and my dad has deemed her "the epileptic chicken." Seizures definitely come to mind if you witness it. All inputs welcome!


8 Years
Mar 26, 2011
Southern Utah
Elipsy occurs in all animals, it is a neurological disorder. She could have had a seisure on the roost. Perhaps you could remove 'triggers' like any strobe lights in your coop.

Other than that, you could take her to a vet for a prescription. However, if it doesn't effect her too severely, there won't be a need to cull.

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