Ethyl is acting strangely

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chicfan, Dec 13, 2016.

  1. Chicfan

    Chicfan Just Hatched

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    Hello All,

    3 girls, all roughly 28 weeks old. Barred Rock, started laying about 3 weeks ago - yay! RR, just got her first egg this morning - double yay!! The problem is Ethyl, my SL Wyandotte. No eggs yet or squatting - today and yesterday she seems strange - she is not hanging out with the other two like normal and when I go out to the yard, the other two run towards me like normal anticipating treats while she just sits there (she is laying down a lot) - she dosen't hae any nasal discharge, her eyes are bright, she is eating and drinking normally, just dosen't seem interested in anything like the other two and she is not acting "normal". Any ideas? I will take her to the vet if needeed but she doesn't look "sick" - just like she doesn't really care about much of anything. Any advice would be great - thanks in advance..:/.
     
  2. linhawk

    linhawk New Egg

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    As a newbie I don't know, but since you have a rooster could it be a fertile egg?
     
  3. Chicfan

    Chicfan Just Hatched

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    Hi - sorry, not sure I understand- I don't have a rooster, was asking about one of my hens...
     
  4. teaton

    teaton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She could be ill with no symptoms. Could be internal parasites whats her poop look like?
    Also could be egg bound, but you said she hasnt started laying right? So thats unlikely.
    Then again there might not be anything wrong with her at all, i have a few hens that arent very social and tend to hang in the coop more this time of year.

    Just examine her real well, check her poop, her eyes for bubbles, her breathing for weezing, smell her face make sure theres no foul smell, check her crop for a hard or squishy feeling, her bottom for any irregularities, and her skin for lice and mites.

    If you cant find anything wrong keep an eye on her and if she starts getting any worse seperate her and get her the medical attention she needs.
     
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  5. teaton

    teaton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They just meant that if you had a rooster she may be sitting on the eggs to hatch babies (aka broody hen) but if shes not even laying yet thats unlikely too
     
  6. Chicfan

    Chicfan Just Hatched

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    Great advice- I will do all of those- thanks very much for your post
     
  7. teaton

    teaton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No problem let us know how it goes!
     
  8. linhawk

    linhawk New Egg

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    sorry must have answered to a different post
     
  9. Chicfan

    Chicfan Just Hatched

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    Ok, stayed out with her long enough to see her poop - it was a squirt of what looked like yellow water- not any "substance " to it at all... worried about her... :(
     

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