Hen abandoned eggs ... doesn't eat/drink

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by aklimo, May 27, 2016.

  1. aklimo

    aklimo New Egg

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    My hen abandoned her eggs this morning. Since then she is just hanging out in the corner of the run. She doesn't eat or drink even if I isolate her and throw her some scratch, so the other can't get in.

    She is quite puffed up and wants too roost but all by herself.

    Is it normal for the hen to be in such a 'bad mood' after abandonment or do you think she might be sick?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    If she's still acting broody than she's probably a bit depressed. Check her over to see if she feels okay. Many broodies lose weight and also can get overrun with mites.
     
  3. aklimo

    aklimo New Egg

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    She still feels out of sorts. She barely walks just, just sits in the corner. She puffs up when you get close but doesn't mingle with the others. She barely eats and drinks and smells pretty rotten - like urine. I gave her a warm bath but no change in behaviour.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    She doesn't sound right does she. They puff up when they aren't feeling well. She probably is sick them, could be something like kidney failure with the smell. I can't help you, I would probably give her a day than cull if she doesn't improve. Sorry.
     
  5. aklimo

    aklimo New Egg

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    I checked her vent yesterday and did't feel an egg, or a broken shell for that matter. She is sitting on her nest but dissent eat or react to much.
     

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