Dominique Hen ACTING STRANGE

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rbum, Oct 28, 2016.

  1. rbum

    rbum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 2 yr old hen that seems healthy lays eggs as usual but she sits down alot when in runner or out free ranging . Any suggestions?
     
  2. centrarchid

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    She may be soliciting you to mate with her? By any chance is she doing what hen in video is doing before rooster gets in her back?

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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    My birds regularly lounge around quite a bit during certain times of the day.
    More information would be needed to ascertain whether your hen has problem or not.
     
  4. rbum

    rbum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No I may not be around her. She just sits often and is not like her normal behavior.
     
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Picture time. Take a couple of her doing her thing.
     
  6. rbum

    rbum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I will take a photo today.
     
  7. rbum

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    Here she is egg production as been lower than usual
     
  8. centrarchid

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    Something is likely not right. Her comb is wildtype rather than rose which is not typical of American Dominiques but not unheard of. Color proper. Her feathers look like she has not gone through the annual molt yet which is late. Comb is floppy. A picture of it up close needed, especially after she exerts herself a little. I am looking for a color change. Collect some of her feces immediately after she poops and photograph it as well. Verify tonight she is able to reach roost. I would isolate her from others and get her into a pen that is off the ground. Then introduce more protein to her diet.

    If comb and feces like I suspect then you have a specific parasite issue at play.
     
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