ill/depressed chciken? wont move!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by davidtailford, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. davidtailford

    davidtailford New Egg

    Jun 22, 2011
    hi i have a bantam about 12weeks old. she has never had any other contact with other chickens ( was hatched in an incubator and no other chicks hatched) and when we put her in with the other chickens she just wouldn't move and would always have her eyes closed.

    we separated her as at first we thought she was ill but this has been going on for 3/4 weeks and she still eats and drinks.

    she still just stands still (doesnt even react to the dog) with her eyes closed. i was wondering if maybe it's some sort of chicken depression (may sound stupid) or do you thin she sounds ill??

  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I certainly don't know the answer. But since she's been alone all this time, I'm wondering if she recognizes the other chickens as being the same species as she is. She might be quite frightened of the others. Does she peck and scratch at all? I believe I'd try putting her with just one other chicken and see if they will interact. Good luck.

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