hen walking backwards with her head down.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sonic164, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. sonic164

    sonic164 Out Of The Brooder

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    I recently got 4 what look like black rock hens. 3 Of which are alright by one is very underweight and scraggy she's being kept separate. I got them on Saturday and they were all in a bad state. as I said 3 have recovered greatly but one is still unwell and acting strange. I also have 1 polish and a leghorn cockerill the 3 have settled in with them nicely but there other seems to have a problem with my cockerill she keeps trying to challenge him through the wire when we let her out. At first she walk back with her head down to him. And ever since has just been doing it randomly. she goes back about 5-10 steps and if she walks into something she just try's to go through it. I've heard that disease can course this but in ever other aspect she seems healthy (with the exception of being underweight) there's no evidence of worms or mites on her so I'm unsure on why she is doing this.
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    I think that strange behavior is a vitamin D deficiency. I think that baby vitamins without iron will help with that.....
     
  3. Johnn

    Johnn Overrun With Chickens

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    you would be bettery off posting this in the emergency and illness page
     
  4. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've seen that behavior from a couple of my molting hens recently. I think it's just a submissive behavior, like she's saying "don't mind me, I'm not looking for any trouble." The opposite behavior is when they stretch their necks up and challenge another hen to a stare off.
     
  5. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Interesting. Have you got any link to a source or study that suggests there could be a link between this specific behavior and a vitamin deficiency?
     
  6. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    sounds like wry neck maybe
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Sometimes, when another hen thunks my Panda on the head, she'll do that. She also does that if she gets a piece of lint or cobweb on her eyeball, like she's trying to back away from it.
     
  8. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    When I install a saddle/apron on a bare-backed hen, she will walk backwards all over the pen, with her head down, trying to back out of the offensive garment. I agree, the behavior, more often than not, is probably due to the chicken trying to get rid of something foreign that's bothering her.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    if she walks into things and tries to go thru it - do you think she has vision problems??
     
  10. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would post this under the disease section....good luck!
     

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