Help! What is wrong with my chicken?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sherylwelch, Feb 21, 2017.

  1. sherylwelch

    sherylwelch Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello everbody! Maple has been acting weird for about a week now and she has stopped laying eggs completly. She is 7 months old and she had just started laying before she stopped. She layed for about 2 weeks and then she started acting really strange. She wont come out of her crate where she sleeps at night (she is a single chicken so we bought her a dog crate for her to nest/sleep), she came out a couple times for a few minutes when we left the door open an walked away but then she went right back in. She makes a weird growling dinosaur-like noise when we try to get close to her crate and puffs up all her feathers and tail like a porcupine. She doesnt try to bite me or anything if I reach in to give her food/water, even if try to pet her but I dont know whats going on and Im really worried she is sick. If anybody has seen this before please help.
    Thank you so much,
    Sheryl

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  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Overrun With Chickens

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    She's broody.
     
  3. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Overrun With Chickens

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    And, you need to get her at least one or two other chickens to keep her company. It isn't good for them to be alone; chickens are flock animals.
     
  4. rebrascora

    rebrascora Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agree in both respects. She's broody and chickens are flock animals. They should have other chickens for company.
    Why not get her some hatching eggs and then she can raise some little companions.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Yes!!

    She trying to hatch herself some flock mates...haha!
     
  6. sherylwelch

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    Ok guys, thank you.
     

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