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hen not eating...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jtakacs, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. jtakacs

    jtakacs Out Of The Brooder

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    My cat got outside this AM and tormented the chickens for a bit before I grabbed her and put her inside.

    I noticed a few feathers (nothing too much). But I also noticed that my ameraucana looks Luke the tip of her beak "peeled off" and looks bloody but not bleeding.

    I've seen her scrape her beak across the concrete on purpose.

    Right now she's barely eating from what I can tell and is VERY lethargic. She's out in the yard now and standing there doing nothing when she is normally one of the most aggressive foragers.

    She also just started laying again and she JUST laid an egg.

    Could that be the lethargy? Any concerns about the beak? TIA..
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Did you check her over for injuries? She could be in shock.
     
  3. jtakacs

    jtakacs Out Of The Brooder

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    Checked her out and nothing. She was on the top roost this AM so that's normal... I'll keep an eye on her.
     
  4. jtakacs

    jtakacs Out Of The Brooder

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    Just for an update, her beak is healing nicely and she's back to normal...

    No more eggs tho... which is fine, really wasn't expecting anything and we shut off the light... now that she's healed we may turn it back on...

    When she wasn't eating I fed her a batch of yogurt and cooked steel cut oats. She destroyed it.
     

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