Behavior worries me

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Buttercup6, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. Buttercup6

    Buttercup6 Hatching

    Oct 29, 2009
    I have six hens, very big run and nice coop.
    They were all one year old in April.
    They were amazing all winter laying eggs.
    But this heat may be getting to them.
    My question is that one sits out on the ground for very long periods of time, with her tail sticking up in the air.
    I brought out melon this afternoon, which they all go crazy for.
    She got up but would not eat any.
    This has been going on for a 2-3 days.
    Not sure what to do??
    Thanks for any advice!!

  2. The Lisser

    The Lisser Songster

    I am new to chickens, so I may not be much help.

    But has the "sick" chicken been laying lately? What breed is she? Have you found any weird eggs lately? I have read on here about chickens developing "internal laying", which can make them act sick.

    Or could be the heat - it's been tough. Hope others provide some answers.

    Good luck-

  3. dieselgrl48

    dieselgrl48 Songster

    Feb 21, 2010
    Does she have any egg's under her?All of the bird's I have this year are no older than 7 month's and I have a broody silkie she was born dec 25th 09.It's been hot here too but all the bird's are having free range since only a few of the bantam's are laying.I keep a couple free choice bowl's/pan's of feed out and few quart feeder's inside. and several water's in the coop's too for early morning drink's.I started putting the food out in the shade it seem's like they like to be out not in the coop's as hot as it is. Mine are doing fine so far and the silkie is still sitting.Hope she isn't eggbound.I have been lucky enough never to have had that in 6 years of raising.Maybe someone else know's something.
  4. Buttercup6

    Buttercup6 Hatching

    Oct 29, 2009
    She is an RIR.
    No eggs under her.
    I bring out cold water twice a day with a frozen water bottle inside.
    I know they have enough water.
    Just went out to check on them...9pm.
    Felt all crops...felt the same, maybe hers a little smaller.
    Did not feel anything different from the crops all down to the vents.
    So I don't think an egg is stuck.
    I guess because it is the first time I have noticed anything "different"...makes me worry.
    Thanks again for any input!!

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