Is my Silkie broody AND sick??

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by i-love-my-honey, Aug 6, 2014.

  1. i-love-my-honey

    i-love-my-honey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Silkie has been broody for a few days. She sits in the nesting box on the golf balls we put there all day. This morning she was nose down in the nest and making a weird trilling noise. (I should mention that the other girls had been scraping all of the hay out of the nesting boxes so I stopped putting any in there and my Silkie started plucking her tummy feathers to soften it, and now she is bald underneath.) Anyway, the golf balls are under her chest instead of her tummy, so I am hoping this is normal and she is not sick. Any suggestions? She has no discharge from eyes, nose, or mouth. I see no lesions on her anywhere either.
     
  2. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    She may have wry neck. Here is a picture of a wry neck chicken.
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  3. i-love-my-honey

    i-love-my-honey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my! What do I do? Will it get better?
     
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    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    Is that what it looks like?
     
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    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    They suggest to keep them separated from other chickens to keep the stress level down. You will want to get vitamin E capsules and selenium tablets and what I do is mix 1/4 of selenium with the vitamin E without the selenium absorbtion of the E is difficult. and I put it into a syringe and try to feed it to
    her. Then I take a Bayer chewable baby aspirin and
    mix it in water and give her that in a syringe. Then I
    take poly visol children's liquid vitamin and feed her
    that. I hope she gets better!
     
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  6. i-love-my-honey

    i-love-my-honey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Her neck is not curled, she is sitting on the eggs with her chest down and her beak barely above the nest. The golf balls are in a line underneath her. Will the treatment hurt her if she does not have it?
     
  7. nuttyboo

    nuttyboo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's completely normal, part of being broody, many others have said their broody picks their chests clean. Everything is ok

    ETA: they flatten out to cover all the eggs
     
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  8. i-love-my-honey

    i-love-my-honey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, I am SO relieved! I will keep vigilant though, familyfarm1, and keep that remedy on hand! Thank you so much!!!
     
  9. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    Your welcome! I'm glad it's mot wry neck! We had it with our second broody it wasn't fun[​IMG]
     

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