Hen with tail down.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jesseanne, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. Jesseanne

    Jesseanne In the Brooder

    May 17, 2010
    One of our Buff Orpingtons tail is pointing down. All of the others tails are pointed up. Does this mean she is sick? Or is she hoping to discourage our rooster by covering her butt?
  2. NWChicks

    NWChicks Songster

    Mar 3, 2010
    Granite Falls, WA
    I'm pretty new so take everything I say with that in mind and ignore me if an expert chimes in. [​IMG]

    That said, I would keep an eye on her. If you can see what her poops look like that would help you determine if she is ill. Mine will droop their tails down on occasion if they're afraid and they do it while on the roost bars but walking around like that all the time usually is a sign that someone isn't feeling well. I wouldn't just start medicating willy nilly until you know for sure she's sick and what she probably has (otherwise you wouldn't know how to medicate.)

    How does she look otherwise? Is she eating and drinking? Are her legs smooth and shiny? Any discharge from the nostrils, beak, eyes, etc? Again, how do the poops look? What is her behavior like? Normal other than the tail?

    Could be nothing but like I said, keep and eye on her and watch for symptoms. The Emergencies/illness (etc) thread is a great place to post if you're concerned and find other signs of illness. HTH. [​IMG]
  3. CalebtheChicken

    CalebtheChicken Songster

    Jun 5, 2010
    Jeremiah, Ky.
    If her tail is low, (in my experience) it means she is low in the pecking order and/or is very submissive/tame.
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  4. Jesseanne

    Jesseanne In the Brooder

    May 17, 2010
    Thank you for your help!! I watched her all day today and she is eating and drinking and her poop looks normal. No discharge from nose. Eyes look clear so she does not seem to be sick. I think that bottom of the pecking order makes sense because when I feed them a treat, I can throw something right to her feet and she will not eat it and lets the others eat it instead and I have seen the other hens peck at her. It can be a cruel world for a chicken if she is last in line on the pecking order. Thank you again for your posts.
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  5. Rennie

    Rennie Songster

    Oct 28, 2009
    Derbyshire, England
    Quote:so true .. I want to take the one thats bottom of mine and treat her nice because she sure does get some grief in the coop .. It wouldnt be so bad if she wasnt so small
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  6. KOTurkeyRanch

    KOTurkeyRanch Songster

    Jul 8, 2009
    Western PA
    When my hens tail was down, she was eggbound and died =/
  7. looptloop

    looptloop Songster

    Feb 21, 2010
    Pilot Hill, CA
    My (limited) experience is that the tail down is a sign they are not feeling well. In both cases I confined the bird in a dog crate in a quiet place and put Corid in the water for Cocci. By the end of the day they were feeling back to normal and I returned them into the flock.
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  8. elmo

    elmo Crowing

    May 23, 2009
    How old is she? Is she laying?
  9. giannaballin

    giannaballin Hatching

    Feb 23, 2015
    New zealand
    My chicken has her tail up most of the time but when mine has its tail down its either hungry or wanting attention or about to lay an egg but it's normally hungry when it happens
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2015

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