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Help sick chicken

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by tdc1999, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. tdc1999

    tdc1999 New Egg

    Sep 1, 2013
    I don't know what is going on. I have a Buff Orphington that started laying eggs around the first of December, and everything was fine. About 3 days ago she did nothing but sit in the nest, no eggs and never got down to eat or drink that I ever saw. Her eyes are bright and she seems alert but tired. I have put her down in front of food and she will eat, but she eats then jumps back up in the nest. Her feathers seem loose and she is all puffed up. Out of 31 birds this is my first sick acting bird, and I would hate to lose her. Any suggestions would help!!!!!!
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    She could be broody. Does she growl at you when you try to move her out of the nest box! Does she bite at you if you reach under her? Does she cluck and cluck when you take her out of the nest box? If she does even one of these things, chances are she has gone broody. Broodies just want to set in the nest box. On eggs or no eggs at all.

    If she has any other symptoms that you can find, you might post this question in the emergency section here of the forums...


    Enjoy BYC!
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you. Sorry to hear about your possibly sick hen. I'm sure you'll get some help if you post in the Emergencies/Diseases/Injuries/Cures section.
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us! I'm sorry that your hen isn't acting right; it does sound like she might be broody (common in Buff Orps). I would recommend posting this in the Emergencies section of this forum.
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. When you take her off the nest does she squawk, puff up, cluck excessively, pass large smelly feces? All of these are signs of a broody hen. Just natures way of providing for the next generation.
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!
  8. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    She sounds broody which means she wants to hatch her eggs. Broodies may have to be forced to leave the nest at least once a day so they will eat, drink and potty . They are very protective of their eggs and eventual chicks - and will puff up, growl, bite etc. if they are disturbed. It's a very natural thing and it isn't an illness.

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