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Chicken Anxiety & Fainting

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by akidleativy2, Mar 16, 2017.

  1. akidleativy2

    akidleativy2 Hatching

    Mar 16, 2017
    Can anyone tell me why this is happening? I have a young Polish cross hen (just under a year old) that is suddenly showing major signs of anxiety. When I open up the coop in the morning, all of the other birds come running out into the yard, while this one bird begins to scream uncontrollably and flying into the walls of the coop until she knocks herself out or just faints. She comes to in about 20 seconds and then runs out of the coop. Yesterday,she slammed into the walls so hard that her head was bleeding. Has anyone ever heard of this and is there a cure?

  2. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under akidleativy2 [​IMG] Welcome!

    Wow, no, I have never heard of anything like that. The only thing I can think of is that she is possibly developing sight issues? Could her crest feathers have grown enough to impair her vision? What time do you open up the coop; is it not quite full daylight? If she is developing sight issues, she may be having trouble seeing you and you are scary to her.

    You could also try posting on the ER Forum: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC. I hope that the ER people can help out.

    Good luck
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Happy you joined our flock! Hope your chicken is okay! Thanks for joining BYC!
  5. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    That behavior would be disturbing, I hope the ER members (or someone over on the Polish thread) can help you figure out what's going on before she seriously hurts herself. This is one Polish thread (there seem to be several):

    Best of luck to you!
  6. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

    Nov 4, 2014
    East Tennessee.
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Wow, I haven't heard of this sort of behavior before. Have her feathers grown over her eyes? My best guess would be that she can't see and is freaking out when she hears the other birds run out of the coop. I hope you can figure out whats going on before she injures herself seriously.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2017
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You can cut back her crest so she is able to see. Maybe then you will also notice some problem with her eyes. If this doesn't help calm her, I would think she has brain damage and cannot help herself.

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