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Hen that refuses to eat

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MeganSteffens, Aug 18, 2016.

  1. MeganSteffens

    MeganSteffens Just Hatched

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    My sex link hen is sick and refuses to eat. I think it'd be beneficial to her if she'd eat at least a little something compared to just drinking water constantly. I've offered her everything she loves to eat. Any ideas how I could force her to eat something?
     
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  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    What are her symptoms, and could she be broody?
     
  3. islandgirl82

    islandgirl82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Typically, when they lose their appetite it's because they're either broody or not feeling well. Check her droppings to be sure they're normal and parasite-free. Yellow and foamy is not normal.

    If she's standing hunched up, feathers all fluffed and head tucked in, she's definitely ill. Any descriptions will be helpful in determining what's wrong.

    If she's broody, she'll be pulling feathers from her belly and acting a bit territorial, not lethargic.
     
  4. MeganSteffens

    MeganSteffens Just Hatched

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    No she isn't broody. She lays down everywhere and will hardly walk. When she walks it seems like it's a struggle for her. She also sort of put out her wings when she walks. Her abdomen feel hard but I think it may have always been like that. She will drink but won't eat. Her crop feels normal.
     
  5. MeganSteffens

    MeganSteffens Just Hatched

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    Her poop is normal if a but more of a liquid. No she isn't broody. She lays down everywhere and will hardly walk. When she walks it seems like it's a struggle for her. She also sort of put out her wings when she walks. Her abdomen feel hard but I think it may have always been like that. She will drink but won't eat. Her crop feels normal.
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    That actually describes the way broody hens walk around. When they are broody, or about to go broody, they don't do much walking. And they do tend to just plop down, sit and fluff and flare at the other birds as they go by.
     
  7. MeganSteffens

    MeganSteffens Just Hatched

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    But when she walks she looks like she's in pain. Do they walk differently when they are broody?
     
  8. mbailey78

    mbailey78 Out Of The Brooder

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    My broody hens walk differently and make noises. They stay out and peck around for a 10-30 minutes and then run back in to the nest box.
     
  9. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    I'll take some video of my current broody out and about tomorrow morning and try to post it. It's definitely different from usual.
     
  10. MeganSteffens

    MeganSteffens Just Hatched

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    She wasn't broody. She passed away this morning. Thank you for your help though
     

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