Illness? Please Help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 19marvinn, Dec 7, 2015.

  1. 19marvinn

    19marvinn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2015
    Tonight 5/8 of my hens were laying on the ground on their sides with their feet curled up and looked as if they were in the fetal position. I got 3 of them to stand up and shake the dust off and they began milling around the coop. It is well after dark and the 3 that werent doing this odd ritual were roosting like the others normally do. I have a heat light on and during the night some will jump down but this is nothing like i've ever seen. I am extremely scared for these chickens. The 2 that didn't perk up are my 2 very very skiddish ones and they never let me touch them. I was patting and stroking them and they still stayed put. They also were digging up at the bedding. I have no idea what these strange behaviors are but i am scared. Yesterday and today I got my first eggs. Does this have anything to do with that? PLease Help! Thanks!
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    It sounds like they were taking a dust bath in the pine shavings.

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