Hi from Crosslake, MN

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by clchickenlady, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. clchickenlady

    clchickenlady Chirping

    Feb 11, 2015
    Hi to all. I just became a member of Backyard Chickens. We have six chickens right now. Three are Rhode Island Reds, and three Sex links. Right now one of my Reds has been sick. We suspect she has mites as she is losing feathers around her neck mostly. I noticed she wasn't right about four days ago. She was shivering and hiding out from the other five. She was pretty weak also. I brought her in and kept her in the garage for a couple of days. She seems better as she is talking now and poop looks ok. She hasn't laid an egg though for two days for sure. I put her back in with the other chickens today to see how it will go. Before we did we dusted her with dust that is supposed to kill mites. The others are picking on her some. I have thought of molting but because she was weak and shivering I thought it was more than that. Not real sure what to do now. I am thinking of keeping her with the others and see what happens. I don't think she is egg bound as the first day she was not perking up her tail and her head was down. From what I have read if she is egg bound she would walk more like a penguin. She is still losing feathers for sure. I checked her for mites around the vent and thought I saw some. Any advice?
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Sorry to hear about your sick hen. If you can separate her it would likely be better, as the others will continue to pick on her if she acts ill. If you think you have mites or lice you will have to treat all your birds and your coop - follow the links above for more info. Good luck.
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our "flock"

    I'm sorry to hear about your sick hen! [​IMG]I hope the Emergencies people can help you find out the problem and treat her.
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    Sorry about your sick hen. [​IMG] It is possible that she is molting, and also has mites (which would only increase the stress on her body caused by molting). I would dust her for mites again in about a week, and keep watching closely for further symptoms. Good luck!
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Some extra protein is good for her during a molt.
  9. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

    May 24, 2014
    BYC? Epic <3
    My Coop

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