Help - is something wrong with my hen? laying on hay, not on roost

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by guesswhatchickenbutt, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. guesswhatchickenbutt

    guesswhatchickenbutt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just went out to check on my hens and all three of them are always-always-always on their roost at this time of night. It's 9:30 pm and dark, obviously. My big BO, Clementine, was laying below the roost on top of the poop - totally not like her. She was sitting normally with her head upright and she was cooing at me when I shined the flashlight at her. I got nervous and pulled her out and held her. She seemed fine in the pitch dark with my flashlight, but it's hard to tell. I put her back in there and she just stood below the roost looking up at the 2 other chickens.

    The only difference in her world is that yesterday we nailed a piece of wood over their other roost/perch window area (hard to explain) to keep out the draft since the low was 39. It's an open coop since we live in FL.

    Should I go back out and check on her? I've never seen a hen NOT on the roost at night... thoughts??? I'm worried.

    ETA - she was not in the nest boxes and clearly not on an egg. She was in the poop - an area I've never seen one lay.
     
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2009
  2. One Acre Wonder Farm

    One Acre Wonder Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2009
    Vermont
    She may have fallen/jumped down from the roost after dark. That would leave her stranded on the floor till morning, as chickens are pretty much blind in the dark. She's most likely fine; I wouldn't worry! If I find one of my chooks not on the roost after dark, I pick them up and put them on the roost.
     
  3. guesswhatchickenbutt

    guesswhatchickenbutt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Gah I really hope you're right! It's a tight squeeze up there on the roost - we really need to modify our coop when money isn't so tight. Thank you for tellng me that. I found three eggs out there today so I know she layed today.... crossing my fingers. I'll go check on her again before bed.
     

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