Do Chickens Usually Get Lazy During The Winter Months or...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LuvMaChickies, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. LuvMaChickies

    LuvMaChickies Out Of The Brooder

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    ...do I have a more serious problem?

    This is the first winter that I've had my chickens. My hen has been laying in her nesting box a lot, lately. She's there every time I go out to check on them. My rooster is some times laying by her, but he's a least moving around the coop. He's also acting very protective of her. They're usually pretty protective of each other, but he is, more so, lately. He tried to attack my arm, when I was checking for eggs, the other day.

    I have seen her peck at her food, so she's eating some. And, she's still laying eggs. She didn't lay one, yet today, though.

    They haven't really come out of their coop at all. But, then again, it's been below freezing temps for the past week or so. So, I've had a heating lamp on inside their coop.

    Well, we brought her out today. My daughter decided to pull her around in the sled. She just laid there, not really minding it (she's always been a pretty calm and gentle chicken, and lets my girls pick her up and carry her around. This past summer/fall, she's been put on swings and been made to hang out in their tree house...all the while, with my rooster going crazy, of course. He doesn't like when you mess with her.) But, anyway, when my daughter brought her back to me, she had pooped on the sled, real runny poop. When I placed her on the ground, she just sat there. Then again, I know they don't like to walk in the snow and where she was laying, by their coop, she was in some grass.

    Well, I put her back inside her nesting box and told my girls to leave her alone for now. Do you think she's okay? Is she just being lazy and not liking the weather or do you think it's something more serious? My daughters would be devastated if something happened to her. Please, help!

    Thanks!

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  2. valentinebaby

    valentinebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of chicken is she? She may have gone broody on you. I have one Buff Orpington that goes broody a lot and loves to sit in the nest all day. I just take her out and put her outside, because they need feed and water. Here's a very graphic pooh page to check out:

    http://www.chat.allotment.org.uk/index.php?topic=17568.0

    Good luck!

    Gail
     
  3. LuvMaChickies

    LuvMaChickies Out Of The Brooder

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    She's a silkie mix.
     
  4. valentinebaby

    valentinebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Uhhh, I don't know a thing about silkies! Did the pooh page help you at all? I've heard that if they go "off-the-wall" broody, they'll stop eating and drinking and that is very dangerous, of course, to their health. Do a search here on broodies (going broody) and see if there's anything that looks like the symptoms she's experiencing. Not sure where you live, but it got into the teens here in North Texas over the past 2 weeks (today was 60 and GORGEOUS), yet my chicks still ventured outside and couldn't wait to get out of the coop to forage.

    Good luck!

    Gail
     

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