Chicken is really ill?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by StopDropRollChic, Jun 8, 2008.

  1. StopDropRollChic

    StopDropRollChic Hatching

    Jul 13, 2007
    I have a large hen that has been expressing some odd behavior within the past three days. She is kept in with 4 other chickens. 3 days ago, "Marge" was found laying down on the floor (in a nesting position) and wouldnt not get up even when food and other chickens were present. Apon moving her she would growl, grown, and cackle as if she was in pain. I noticed that she "bulked up" her feathers and spread them out. She would cower her head, try to peck at you, or try to cower in a corner. The feathers on her head are picked off to the point of raw flesh(no blood or scab) and when I finally did pick her up, some of the feathers underneith her belly and legs were missing. When I put her back down she remained in the "downed" state and would not get up on her own for 3 days total now. She recently laid a very soft, soggy, and moldy looking egg. She has had very few stool. Her appetite is decreasing as well. Her eyes and alertness appear normal though. I picked her up today and set her on her feet, she was moving around perfectly fine but cackling very loudly and unusual. Right now she is back in her original state, camped out on the floor of my barn.

    Is my chicken sick?
  2. fullhouse

    fullhouse Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    Sounds like she's broody to me.
  3. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    You have a broody. She's not sick, just temporarily crazy. [​IMG]
  4. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

  5. lovethechickens

    lovethechickens Songster

    Feb 16, 2008
    Antioch California
    Definately broody! Try putting ice cubes under where she is sitting. Do it for four days, and she should get out of that predicament!
  6. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA

    make sure you get her up to feed, drink, "go" and exercise her legs..

    she might start making a clucking sound, especially when you remove her.."cluck, cluck, cluck."...
    they can act pretty strange.

    I have a hen that hates that sound..and when she hears another hen making it..she pecks her on the head.."BONK"...:mad:
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2008
  7. StopDropRollChic

    StopDropRollChic Hatching

    Jul 13, 2007
    Oh okay! haha! Im new but at the same time not to this chicken stuff! Ive never had a hen do this haha! Thanks for all yer help! I feel like an idiot but I really thought she was sick!
  8. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    You'd be amazed at the things we wanna rush em off to the doctor's for...try your first chicken taking her first dust bath...I thought Tom was having a seizure and ran out of the house screaming her name...she was really disgusted with me.

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