Injured hen not laying...normal?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Knock Kneed Hen, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    The hen in my avatar somehow stripped one of her tonails off...nothing left but the quick. Ouch!!

    I put her in a crate overnight in the coop so that the others wouldn't pick on her. I let all the birds free range together today.
    She normally lays an egg a day. No egg from her yesterday or today. She was just hanging out on a ledge in the coop so I
    know it hurts her. I've separated her again tonight.

    Is it normal that she wouldn't lay an egg with such a minor injury? I know her eggs because she is the only one to lay a large
    taupe egg.

    "Pippa" my big sweet EE
  2. mulewagon

    mulewagon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2010
    I have one caged up with a leg injury - she hasn't laid in three days. I think she's upset about the cage, more than the injury. Can't roost, can't scratch, can't have ANY fun!
  3. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    I've given my hen the opportunity to join the others both in the coop/run and free ranging. She doesn't want to join them...[​IMG]

    I know it must hurt, but a stripped toe nail isn't the worst thing that could happen to her. She still hasn't layed. She not egg bound, just being a big baby I guess. [​IMG]
  4. chickenlady08

    chickenlady08 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 27, 2009
    Eastern Shore, VA
    Regardless of how minor the injuries are to us, they cause stress for our little feathered friends. Have you cleaned the foot/toe to keep out infection? I usually seperate an injured hen or roo and treat seperately. I would just give her time to heal and I bet she will be laying soon.

    You girl is beautiful she looks like my Lucy (except yours has her feathers, mine is molting and plus she is low in the pecking order) but her feathers are coming in with more of the goldish color like your girl.

    Hope she gets better soon and starts laying again.
  5. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    Quote:Yep, what she said!
  6. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    I sometimes think the stress of the injury is more pertinent than the injury itself when it comes to how it will affect laying. I had a hen get ripped apart by a hawk last year and she only missed a couple days of laying (although she did lay a soft-shelled egg, which was a first). I was really impressed by her fortitude. The days she missed were the first days after she wandered back from wherever the hawk left her. She was absolutely shell-shocked, could barely stay on her feet, and I thought she was going to die at any moment. She recovered from the shock and went right back to laying despite the fact she was missing about 48 sq. inches of skin down to the muscle.

    Your girl will lay when she is ready. EEs are not as predictably productive as some of the other breeds, so it may take a little while, but it will happen in good time.

    Good luck with her. She is absolutely gorgeous.
  7. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    Thanks everyone! She's perkier today. She's been laying 6 eggs a week so I was worried she might be egg bound. I suppose stress could cause that as well. [​IMG]

    I did clean her up and yesterday did some toe therapy with her. [​IMG] She's one of my favorite hens and she's second biggest next to my Light Brahma.
  8. mychookschick

    mychookschick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2009

    Sorry for your hens injury! [​IMG]

    I agree with some of the people who have already posted that said that it was most likely a stress thing. In my experience (not very much), it all depends on how they take the injury.... I had a hen who was attacked by a fox and laid everyday through recovery! But, on the other hand, I had a different hen who pulled a leg muscle and laid nothing for like two weeks! UGH!

    So, in short, it all depends on the chicken!!

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