Henrietta needs your help

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DoodleDi, May 14, 2008.

  1. DoodleDi

    DoodleDi Chirping

    May 9, 2008
    I'm hoping someone can shed some light on our problem with Henrietta. She is about 6 years old and I believe, a Rhode Island Red. For about a month she has been limping a little (legs and feet look fine) and she squats in strange places around the yard or doesn't come out of her house at all. She started laying when warm weather started, but then stopped and hasn't layed for a couple of weeks now. Her comb color is very rich red, feathers are intact, and her eyes look clear. She is very alert and answers us when we talk to her. We tried holding her in a tub of warm water for 30 minutes in case she is egg bound, and nothing happened. Yesterday, she pooped a yellowish, slimy poo; two times, but not much of it. She doesn't have much appetite, but does drink water. There is one other hen and a roo in the yard. They all eat scratch, bread and other household leftovers, oyster shells, and whatever they find around the yard and that's been their diet from the start. Her craw feels soft. Please, can someone help? We love the little girl.
    Last edited: May 14, 2008
  2. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    Sorry to hear about a down hen, its tough on us. One thing I read somewhere is if your hen isn't eating, give her cheese as all chickens love cheese...mine do, but they will eat anything from my hands! Perhaps some warm mash would help her either by laying an egg or just nutrition. Recently I was told that a "hen while eating bread will poop white" - I dunno, mine have never had that much bread! Where as she is healthy, perhaps she ate something she is having issues passing- perhaps a vet? Good luck and hope all turns out right.
  3. Nichole77

    Nichole77 Songster

    Jul 14, 2007
    You didn't say they eat layer feed or flock raiser. Do you feed them any sort of actual chicken food. That could be your problem. Also if she is 6 years old she might not lay nearly as much as a younger chicken.
  4. DoodleDi

    DoodleDi Chirping

    May 9, 2008
    She eats scratch feed. That's what I meant by scratch, crushed corn. She started out the season laying normally, but then quit.
  5. sBrickmanHouse

    sBrickmanHouse Songster

    Feb 10, 2008
    I'm fairly new to chicken raising, but at least to my understanding, hens need not just scratch grains, but actual layer feed.

    If all she's been eating is crushed corn, table scraps, and whatever she forages, could it be some type of nutrient deficiency?
  6. FLchook

    FLchook Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    Orlando, Florida
    Maybe add some vitamins to the water? Just a thought. Hope she pulls through.
  7. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    Quote:That is not sufficient nutrition ... put her on a layer ration and offer oystershell freechoice. I would also give her live culture yogurt (free choice non-flavored) and if you can a good general nutritional supplement like Avia Charge 2000

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