Chicken keeps laying down

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dreamwallaby, Jul 31, 2010.

  1. dreamwallaby

    dreamwallaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Free ranging my group today and one hen keeps laying down. She does it every fewinutes even hough she is till eating. Just rests her hocks to the ground like her legs are too tired to hold her up? She is almost 3 mos old. Any ideas, should I be worried?
     
  2. sheaviance1

    sheaviance1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2010
    Tennessee
    I wouldn't be, mine do that all the time and dig out holes for dusting in.
     
  3. dparadise

    dparadise Out Of The Brooder

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    Just wait until you see the "death" stretch, they lay down on their side, stretch their legs out and spread out a wing. Then they just lay there without moving. I had 2 scare me like that. they were just "sunning" themselves. [​IMG]
     
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  4. Jasmine1998

    Jasmine1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, the sunning thing can catch you off guard the first time...now we are just like "oh, look, a patch of dead chickens, lol"
    I don't have a good sunbathing one loaded here, but this is a close up of my roo sunbathing.

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  5. dreamwallaby

    dreamwallaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I've seen The sunbathing death pose and dusting. It's neither, which is why i was concerned and she is the only one doing it. They are in shade, she walks about a foot, scratches, starts eating and then sits down and continues eating. Stay in that spot a few minutes gets up and repeats. Otherwise she seems fine
     
  6. tuesdays chicks

    tuesdays chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2010
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    You didn't mention what breed she is, is she the same as all the others. She might just be lazy think you should name her daisy ha ha
     
  7. dreamwallaby

    dreamwallaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Lol, she might be lazy. She is an EE just like the others.
     
  8. proud-armywife

    proud-armywife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did you ever find out what was wrong with your chicken? I have a 6-7 month old coronation Sussex that is doing this. Everything sees normal but she lays down a lot.
     
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