im so annoyed!!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by BackyardCountry, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. BackyardCountry

    BackyardCountry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2011
    My Own Little World....
    My buff orpington hen has been acting so strange. a few days ago she had a swollen/ half closed eye and recently she has been lying in the dirt. we've had some rain so the dirt isnt dusty, its cakey and whenever i pick her up, she has balls of dirt matted in her feathers! what can i do to prevent this?? she is free range and i'd like to keep her that way
  2. kerrysmommy

    kerrysmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2010
    My house :]
    the dirt on her is just dried mud (you daid it has rained so that explaines tht) the eye i cant explain.......hope this helps
  3. dainerra

    dainerra Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2011
    my first guess, given the eye, is that she is sick. Is she eating/drinking? How about poop - is it normal size/color/consistency?

    That said, mine do like to lay in the mud from time to time. As it drys and flakes off, it can help get rid of bugs and itchiness - the same reasons that the birds take their dust baths
  4. nuttyredhead

    nuttyredhead Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Southern NH
    How is she today?? How does her eye look?
  5. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    Sounds sick to me.

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