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help and advice please for new green members too attached to hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by slwattsie, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. slwattsie

    slwattsie Hatching

    Aug 8, 2009

    We bought some young hens , we believe much younger than we first realised, we then introduced an 18 month silver link who rules the roost but the Sussex who was fairly dominant now seems very lethargic, the others are all running round but this one despite being a fair size seems to have lost her zest. Am I being over worried, she has lots of lovely feathers and got to a good size but her comb that is not yet developed really is a pale pink not red but then the other happy sussex we have who is lively has the same pink comb. she has taken to sitting on her own a lot where as she used to sit with the other hens. the are housed in a fairly large run.
    Comments would be greatly appreciated and what a great site by the way.

    I originally posted on new members yesterday and was advised to put here, today she is drinking a little water and having v small amount of corn but she just does not want to get up on her legs, she has been to the loo so really stuck.


  2. farmin'chick

    farmin'chick Songster

    Apr 13, 2009
    Rocky Mount VA
    [​IMG] first of all! I usually take the lethargic one out and confine her where I can observe closely to make sure she's not ill. I keep her warm/cool enough and offer her special treats with feed. Sometimes I carry her around. Once in a while, they just need a day's rest from the others.

    I'm sure others will have good advice for you!
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    It seems quite possible that she has come down with something, either in tandem with the stress of the new introduction or something actually gotten *from* the new hens.

    Have you checked her quite thoroughly for mites and lice, have you inspected her foot pads, is she sneezing or any nasal discharge at all, have you inspected her bum for anything unusual, what is her poo like?


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