HELP not sure what else it could be?!?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Lynn_Farm, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. Lynn_Farm

    Lynn_Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a 6 month old bantam marans pullet who needs urgent help. She has not eaten in appx 4 days, nor has she laid an egg in 6 days (she usually lays everyday). I have checked for prolapse and see no symptoms. She is acting very lethargic. Hangs out in the corner of her coop and will rarely come out. She is housed alone, in a 3'x3' wood coop and free ranged during the day with the rest of my flock, who are all acting normally. Poop appears normal in color and consistency, although the quantity is diminished (likely due to lack of food intake). I have checked for signs of problems with her crop, but it feels, looks, and smells just fine. Wattles are also full and red. Any ideas? I'm very worried!
     
  2. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    Is she drinking? Can you get her to walk around? Feel to see if she is egg bound. She if she will eat her favorite foods.

    Hoping for the best

    Rancher
     
  3. Lynn_Farm

    Lynn_Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    She is drinking, but not much. Probably 1/4 of what she normally does. Loves strawberries, but now won't touch them. She'll walk around if I take her out of the coop and makes a strange cluck the whole time she's out. Didn't feel any abnormal masses when I checked, so don't thnk that's the problem. Do marans often go broody? She is always in the same corner of her coop where she usually lays.
     
  4. bowiebenson

    bowiebenson Out Of The Brooder

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    She sounds broody to me... i have one that will do this same thing every month or so... ive broken the habit my removing her from the nest often and leaving treats outside to keep her distracted... your sounds deep in though.. once mine decides to set... eggs or no eggs.... there is not much you can to but put them in an open bottom cage and wait for it to pass...

    If she shows and ill signs id worry, but not eating treats is normal for a broody... mine wont eat her treats and hardly any food either..... ive set her in her dish and she is so focused onhatching she runs back to the nest al concerned..... because of this, she is sitting on nothing right now because she starte this a week ago and has stopped laying... no fresh eggs to sit on... ill have to give her someone elses eggs!
     

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