Hen is lowering her head and walking backwards

MiRaCuLoUs

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I always give my two hens a bath and today for some reason ratatouille was acting weird after.

she isn’t fully dried right now and they already went to the coop but I noticed that she keeps lowering her head and it’s like she has something on her neck and as she lowers her head/neck she moved back

and Ik that when you shower them they get off balance but she’s never done this aftet a bath but idk
Basically my question is , is that normal and like she’s okay right?
 

MiRaCuLoUs

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Could be a sign of submission or a neurological issue, though if she's never done it before I would guess submission.
I’ve seen her do it before but it was bc my cousin put a necklace on her and ratatouille didn’t like it so that was how she would get it off that’s why I thought something was werid bc she only does it if she’s trying to get something off of her
 

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Please, only bath the butt of your chickens when it is dirty, not just for fun.

They are no ducks and regular bathing will do no good.

As it is molting time, it is hurtful for chickens to be touched when the pin feathers come in piercing trough their skin, and they often show this behaviour you described, when, while moving their neck/head these pinfeathers will prick them. So they try to escape the hurt.
 

MiRaCuLoUs

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Why are you bathing and bejeweling your chickens?

Bathing them is rarely necessary and can reduce feather and skin condition.

What is the age(in weeks or months) and breeds of these chickens?
Both of them had poop all over them , the necklace thingy idk why she did it .

they’re both 1 year old
 

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