Chicken keeps sitting down

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Peterman2111, Feb 25, 2017.

  1. Peterman2111

    Peterman2111 New Egg

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    Hello everyone,

    My leghorn hen periodically sits down throughout the day, every day. She has been doing this for a couple weeks now. I am really worried and don't know what is wrong with her. She eats well, drinks well, poops well, yet randomly sits down multiple times during the day.

    I haven't noticed any injuries on her feet, and when i pick her up she doesn't seem to be in any pain. However, lately i have noticed that she holds her wings quite low. This is not due to the weather. Her ear lobe also appears to be changing colour to white.

    I would really appreciate any help as soon as possible.
     
  2. Blingchix6

    Blingchix6 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a Swedish Flower Hen that laid down like that all last summer. I was worried about her getting through the winter but she has been fine so far. I also noticed that she doesn't lay down as much now but she still won't fly up to the perch at night, just lays on the floor. I checked her for everything; nothing seemed wrong and she is fine. Hopefully yours will be the same
     
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    This is her enjoying a snack in my bathroom after receiving a much needed bath.
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Internal laying and egg yolk peritonitis are very common in hens who are 2 and older. They can cause problems walking, preferring to sit. There may be a swollen or spongy lower belly, a loss of weight through the breast area with a more prominent keel bone, loss of appetite, and runny poops or yellow egg-like material in the droppings.
     
  5. Peterman2111

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    After further investigation, I have noticed that if i try to push her around, she resists it and drops her wings low. If i touch her wings or try to pull them out, she instantly lets them hang low and stiff. I'm not sure if this is a result of an injury and don't have any idea what is causing this.
     
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    She may be feeling uncomfortable moving if she has internal laying. Drooping wings can be a sign of weakness or dehydration.
     
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    How does she sit? Are her legs out in front of her or tucked in? This hen had lymphotic leucosis tumors.[​IMG]


    Does she walk unsteadily like her feet hurt?

    Have you examined the bottoms of her feet for injuries, black scabs that would indicate bumblefoot? Greenish and blackish bruising to the legs?

    There are many things that can affect a chicken's legs. Vitamin deficiencies, bruising and injuries, and cancers.
     

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