- Sep 8, 2013
Hey, I have a question about one of my little ladies. "Eggy" was my first hen to start laying a little over a month ago. She produced daily until recently. A first I thought that one of my other hens hadn't started laying, because I was only getting 3 eggs a day. Today I noticed the hen I thought had never started laying was actually in the nest box laying her egg, so the other hen started laying for a month, then stopped. (Sorry, this sounds confusing) this afternoon I noticed she had a poopy butt from diarrhea. We cleaned her fanny and clipped her butt feathers a little. What would cause diarrhea and no egg laying? I'm really not sure exactly when she stopped, since I was confused as to which hen was laying. My girls are free ranging in a fenced backyard, that layer feed, scraps and whatever else they find. The hen in question has no hard lumps indicating a stuck egg and is eating well. My dogs are in the backyard with the chickens, I'm afraid it may be contagious. Thanks in advance!