Hormonal chickens, oh my

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by thndrdancr, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. thndrdancr

    thndrdancr Songster

    Mar 30, 2007
    Belleville, Kansas
    My poor Fussy, I am not sure what to do with her. She cries and cries before she lays, and is meaner than a snake. She is like Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde. Poor Red kept lookin at her like "are ya done and back to bein sane yet?" (Red gets beat all to heck when Fussy is ready to lay). I know she needs olive oil and she wont eat any bread soaked in it, so not sure what to do with her. She wont eat the sunflower seeds either. I KNOW she needs the oil, she is in PAIN, poor thing. Well that lasted a couple hours.

    So, after todays episode of "where shall we lay?" from Fussy...I put the big girls away and I let the little girls out. I went in to use the computer and heard Lily squawking. She usually squawks when someone is walking around, so I thought Mom was up walkin into the kitchen. She is so funny, she has one pair of shoes she absolutely hates, and she will squawk like mad when you wear them. Well, no one was walking around, so I went to look for her. Whadya know, she was in Red's fave spot behind the grandfather clock, just a bagawking away. NOT ANOTHER HORMONAL chicken! [​IMG]
    But...She was definitely checking it out...

    Oh and today, Dash beat Lily up one side and down the other. I had to laugh, Lily just hunkered and took it. I laughed cuz I have been awfully worried bout Dash, she is sooooo tiny and Lily could kill her very easily just pecking back, and Lily is a pretty mean chicken really all in all, but she seems to take it from Dash. So I was relieved, hope it stays that way and that Lily continues to dote on Dash. Still not sure bout Dash bein the boy or girl. I think Dash just beats on Lily cuz she is mad bout having to walk thru all that poo. [​IMG]
  2. Bawkadoodledoo

    Bawkadoodledoo Songster

    Jan 4, 2008
    Central MA
    Sounds like you have a 'soap goin on there!

    you may have to force feed (gently!) the olive oil.
  3. JenniferJoIN

    JenniferJoIN Songster

    Sep 10, 2007
    Southern Indiana
    I miss pictures of Lily and Dash! Glad to hear that they're still aggravating each other!
  4. warren

    warren Songster

    Sep 29, 2007
    What is the olive oil for? I am new to chicken keeping so I have no idea.
  5. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    Maybe she'd prefer her olive oil straight from the source -- have you tried giving her olives?
  6. thndrdancr

    thndrdancr Songster

    Mar 30, 2007
    Belleville, Kansas

    Supposedly the olive oil helps them ease the egg along a bit for birds that have a hard time. It never hurts for any of them. I think my poor gal will probably die laying one of these as she gets older, and she is my baby, my favorite. Her eggs at least are fairly small, but she has had a hard time of it from the get-go. She does NOT wanna be a hen. [​IMG]

    Havent tried olives, CC, cuz I dont buy them, (dont like em) but I will try that, good idea. [​IMG] If she won't eat them, I have one that likes em I know.
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2008
  7. hencackle

    hencackle Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Telford, TN
    She needs an epidural....just kidding.
    I'm not sure about feeding a chicken olives because of the salt. Olive oil would be better than olives. I think an even better choice would be unflavored cod liver oil.
  8. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Oh boy, Jill sounds like you have your hands full...spoiled darned birdies...LOL
  9. Bawkadoodledoo

    Bawkadoodledoo Songster

    Jan 4, 2008
    Central MA
    i'm behind, i need pics of your girls!

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