Is my chicken just cold?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Ihateusernames, Nov 17, 2014.

  1. Ihateusernames

    Ihateusernames New Egg

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    I am new to the world of backyard chickens. I have 6 chickens. 3 barred rocks, and 3 rhode island reds. They are about 8 or 9 months old. This is their first winter. They all are healthy "happy" chickens. Minerva though, hasn't came out of the coop or even off the roost this morning. They have a nice coop. It's cold. 0 or possibly a little lower last night. Their coop does not have heat. All of my other girls are running around the run doing chicken thing, but she is just sitting in the coop. Is she OK? If it were a cold issue, wouldn't they all be cold? I'm kind of worried. I love my chickens and try to give them the best1
    Thanks in advance for any advice!
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    She may very well have another problem. I'd check her over carefully for wounds, parasites, foot lesions -- anything unusual. It could also be that she just feels like loafing a while this morning, though. Also, she may be heading into a "mini molt." They don't seem to feel as wwell as usual when molting, and this varies a lot. You'll probably end up just watching her, along with the others. Good luck!
     
  3. Ihateusernames

    Ihateusernames New Egg

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    Thank you Judy! She did finally come out. She went to the water, so I figured that was a good sign. She then went in to the nest boxes. However, when I retrieved the egg, it was a soft shell. It looked kind of messy though. Almost yolky on the outside, but the membrane seemed to be intact. Her bum looked a little messy as well :( A little while later, I went to check, and she's running around like all the other girls, talking to me, and hitting the food like crazy, she seems much perkier now, also, her bum looks fine and normal now. Do you think she's OK? It's not any sort of parasite or anything else that I can tell. So far as it looks, they are all healthy as can be in that aspect. They free range during the day (in the safe confinement of my almost half an acre backyard). They have a nice coop to sleep in at night. I do my best to give them the best, but this is my first "problem" in the flock.
     
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  4. whittychick

    whittychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think she's ok...just keep an eye on her!
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    They can act really funny when a softshell is headed down the chute...had that happen a couple times this summer. Freaked me out the first time, but once she got it out she was fine.
     
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