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Is my chicken depressed?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Bagerkin, Jan 13, 2016.

  1. Bagerkin

    Bagerkin New Egg

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    Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum and I'm in need of some help [​IMG]
    We recently bought 2 ex battery hens they have a wonderful little loft hut space around the the house a front yard paddocks to roam during the day and are also allowed to walk through the downstairs of the house...
    But recently one of my beloved little chickens is acting strange she doesn't want to go in her hut and keeps trying to sleep inside or the outside bathroom... She just sits in corners looking all sad, its on been a couple of days but I'm scared she might be depressed...
    Could it be that I need at least 3? Are my 2 chickens not getting along? Is she brooding? Or could it be something else??
    Please help [​IMG][​IMG] [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join us here! Ex battery girls have a very tough life and the change in their life's can take them some time to get used to. It's a lot for them to take in all at once. How long have you had them? Do you think she could be looking for somewhere to lay? Have you checked to make sure there is no egg stuck? What are her eating and drinking habits? As they are free range do you think they are getting enough to eat and drink? Have you wormed them at all? Have you checked for mites and lice? What is her poop like? Sorry for all the questions but it helps to get a bigger picture of them.

    You could also drop by the emergencies Injurues disease section, here is the link ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures

    Good luck with her and enjoy BYC :frow
     
  3. Hholly

    Hholly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yorkshire coop has mentioned a lot of important factors.
    Does she have diarrhea? What are you feeding?
     
  4. Bagerkin

    Bagerkin New Egg

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    Thank you so much for your reply! We have had them for around 3 months... I noticed they had lice recently and so have been treating them, she does still have them but I am onto it.
    The pellets they have at the moment they don't seem to like as much as other feed I have had for them before, should I change back promptly?
    One of them seems to have a little bit of runny poos I have been unsure which one but I will keep an eye out, what does this mean?
    BH seems to lay everywhere and often, usually in her coop and sometimes in a nest she has made behind a door in the garden, I did find them and removed them, a friend told me I should mark one and leave it there for her is this true?
    I have not wormed them yet but will do so today, is this a common problem? BH has also had a egg stuck before but have not noticed another, I will check that right away!
    They have water bowls out the back and the front but will be sure to put one out the side perhaps?
    Thank you for your help and I look forward to a reply [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  5. Hholly

    Hholly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Runny poos can indicate Coccidiosis. That is easily treated with Amprolium or Corid in their water. It can make them lethargic and go off their feed. If they don't like their feed, maybe wetting some, or even fermenting it will make it more palatable, especially if their beaks were debeaked. Or go ahead and switch back to what they like. Definitely check for a stuck egg. Worms are very common in chickens. An overload can cause them problems. Valbazen or Safeguard are some of the better wormers you can use. Hope this helps.
     
  6. Bagerkin

    Bagerkin New Egg

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    Thank you, that is very helpful! I will be sure to cover all possiblitites
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    If she is hiding a nest of eggs, she may intend to brood (sit and hatch) them.
     
  8. Bagerkin

    Bagerkin New Egg

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    I did find a big nest of eggs behind the back door a few weeks back I removed them though... Was that bad??
     
  9. EggyTheHen

    EggyTheHen Out Of The Brooder

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    Poor hen...
    Sorry I don't know much about this subject, but I hope she gets better! [​IMG]
     
  10. Bagerkin

    Bagerkin New Egg

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    I'd just like to add that during the day she is her normal happy social self its just when it comes to the evenings she doesn't want to go into her coop, she just tries to stay inside facing a corner somewhere by herself [​IMG]
     

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