In the Brooder
- May 24, 2011
Ok. I am new to raising chickens. I got 9 silkies at the end of October. Now most of the hens are broody, including this one. I put her in a dog crate to isolate her while she sets. She seemed fine, but now she doesn't hold her head up very well. Her breast is laying on it. When I pick her up a little bit, her head goes even farther under her breast. I can't believe she can even breathe! She will pull it back out a bit when I put her back down. I don't hear any strange noises. No coughing or anything. She is on pine shavings in the garage. She doesn't eat or drink much at all, and I haven't seen any poops, which I know is typical in a brooding hen. I do have water down for her and scratch grains to keep her weight up while she sets. I am finding her off of some of her eggs a little bit as well, so I don't know if the peeps are even going to be viable. Anyway, is this some weird broody behavior, or do I have a problem? Any thoughts? Any advice would be helpful. Thanks for your time.