Hen laying down all the time

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chicks Galore3, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    My 1 1/3 year old BSL had a malformed egg hanging out of her several days ago. She passed it, and I thought she was all better for 1 day - then she just sat and did nothing, except she would chew and boss anyone out for any reason, her usual personality. She ate drank, don't know about pooping/egg laying. Then, she was better again. Today she was laying in the middle of the landscape, and when I threw something at her (to see if she would move) She dashed away, then sat down again. I have NO clue what is the matter. She'll run somewhere, but then she'll lay down. She'll go to eat/drink but go right back to laying down.
     
  2. Chicks and Hens

    Chicks and Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think your girlie is eating to much
     
  3. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    Sounds like she is still having a problem possibly related to the first stuck egg. I have no experience but would suggest you try doing a search here for egg bound and see if the symptoms match your hen.
    Good luck
     
  4. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    I've had an egg bound girl before - I don't think she'd be running around and eating/drinking. She could have internal laying, but her belly isn't swollen. I haven't checked for impacted crop yet, now that I think about it. Bad thing is, I'm going to be leaving on a LONG vacation tomorrow - I am very very stressed out right now. :/
     
  5. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Have you tried the disease/illness forum?


    Have they been wormed?
     
  6. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    Thanks, I need that. [​IMG]
    Nuh uh, guess I should. They have been wormed, recently. In July I think. They are recovering from a bout of mites, but she didn't seem affected by them very much.
     
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  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Have you checked around her vent? If there was any egg goop in her rear, it can attract flies.
     
  8. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    No I haven't - I will. When I had a hen with an egg broken inside of her, I squirted vinegar water into her vent to prevent infection - should I do this? Or should I wait until I know what is wrong?
     
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  9. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I have never heard of squirting vinegar water in. I would just make sure the area around her vent is clean. Check for lice too, while you have her.
     
  10. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    Her vent is clean. I just did a mite bath (and wormed, and diminshed bullying...and cleaned the whole stinking coop...and dealt with a stuck up rooster...and...not a very good time for chickens... -_-) so I think lice would be gone. I posted it in the disease section, which got some more answers and I am pretty sure it is Cocci now because another hen has taken to laying down. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/814712/hen-not-being-active/20#post_11825561
     
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