- May 21, 2012
I do not claim to be knowledgeable in chickens, by any means...so I need help. I have a very small flock (6) of girls around 1 year old. I get 3 eggs a day usually. Dont know from who, though! I went out to feed/water yesterday, and one of my RIR girls was laying on the ground. She wouldnt budge when I tried to nudge her. I picked her up and she was polite (not usually sweet) and let me pet her. I put her down, thinking maybe she was just hot, looking for cool dirt. She immediately laid down. I got her a small handfull of grass, and she picked at it. I took my hubby out to show him later, and we noticed her butt was red (normal??) and bald!! She still was laying on the ground today, and she kinda kicks one leg out to the side a little, and the wing on that side she kinda holds out. I noticed a feather of hers in her beak. Is she pecking out her own booty feathers in an attempt to get out an egg?? There havent been many eggs the last few days....I have never had to deal with many issues with these chickens...other than patching up holes that some critter dug under the coop to attack a few of them last year. We lost 5. Does anyone have any advice?? Im hoping she isnt dead in the morning....what a lousy way to go.....being plugged up-to-death. HELP!!