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Is this normal chicken behavior? I think she's sick!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by parkerpeeps7, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. parkerpeeps7

    parkerpeeps7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it normal for a hen to stand & sleep?? During the day?
    Thanks!
     
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  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    If she was out partying late the night before? Sure. [​IMG]
     
  3. devora

    devora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Where are they? In the coop? Run? Free range? Are several or only one doing it?

    If one of my girls is free ranging and standing, not moving, that girl is unwell. They relax to bathe and preen, other than that they are eating. And eating.
     
  4. parkerpeeps7

    parkerpeeps7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bahahaha!!
     
  5. parkerpeeps7

    parkerpeeps7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok joking aside I am starting to worry. Inside coop, she is the only one doing it. They do not free range and are not outside yet b/c this is a new coop and the run has not been added on yet. Back story: she is the dominate or top hen but then on Sunday we added 4 new older hens to the mix & they are running ALL of my other hens (4) off if they get too close. I went in & didn't pay much attention to her right away, I refilled food & then noticed that she had poop on her left side at the rear so I automatically checked vent to make sure everything was good & she was very calm while I did this, which is a little unusual for her. Vent looked great, decided to sit & hold her while I watched everyone eat, etc. Crossed my legs and laid her slightly on her side in my lap & she just laid there looking like she may take a nap. She isn't much for loving. After a bit I moved to let her up in case she wanted to eat since I just put out fresh food & she got up but went into the corner of coop by herself & just stood there facing away & after a min slightly closed her eyes. She is moving slower than normal, never went to eat or drink while I was out there which was about 20-30 mins. I kept watching her & she just moved to another corner if the new hens got close & just stood again & would close those eyes slightly after about 30 secs to a min. I'm not sure if she is stressed b/c of new hens & she is not the top hen anymore or what? I didn't wanna sound overly paranoid but the more I sat and thought about it the more I feel this is very unusual behavior for her.
     
  6. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Sorry for the humor. Some chickens do indeed doze off during the day, and this is of no concern.

    But, your's is showing signs of distress and time will tell. Chicken's are pretty good about masking their health. They don't want to fall prey to predators seeing their frailty nor even showing their own flock they are distressed, as chickens can be cruel and will eat their own.

    I had a hen like this last fall. She snapped out of it in a month. I didn't do anything particularly special. But, sadly, I've had others who went downhill quickly and I had to dispatch. Here's to hoping for the very best for your hen.

    If she picked up a virus or disease from new birds? I dunno. Did you feel her for an impacted egg in her abdomen? Keep an eye on her.
    Some folks try a warm soak or bath to relieve stress then blow dry. All depends on the steps you wish to take.
     
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  7. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    I find mine stand and close their eyes when it is really cold. I believe they are trying to conserve their energy. Besides the sleeping, is anything else out of the ordinary?
     
  8. parkerpeeps7

    parkerpeeps7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @ Fred's Hens: It's ok about the humor. It was silly but then I got worried after reading devora's comments. I did pick her up and feel her stomach & then another hen to compare b/c I've never felt an egg before in a belly anyways. I felt around the vent & did not feel anything bulging at the vent & the stomach felt just like the other hens. She was warmer than the 2nd chicken however she is a little bigger. I feel like she is showing signs of distress too. She even seemed pale to me, if that's even possible. ??? The new birds came from a friend who takes good care of his & they had zero sickness, worms or anything else possible. I definitely don't want to lose her & am going to keep an eye on her. I'm wondering if I should bring her in the house for a few days??? I'll give it the rest of afternoon before deciding that though. It is in the high 50's here so I don't think it is the cold but I did turn their heat lamp off last night for the 1st time since October but after consulting some other members on here. I live in Georgia & they felt it was not needed but could instead mess up their ability to acclimate to the weather and possibly cause fires.
     
  9. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    You could/should/might just as well go ahead and segregate her. I doubt it is the cold, at those temperatures.

    If you have a large dog crate, I'd set her up in your own space in the garage, basement, utility room etc. You'll be better able to keep an eye on her and keeping her separate from the flock is a good idea until you see just what's up.
     
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  10. azygous

    azygous Overrun With Chickens

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    If it were me, I would watch her for another day or two. Segregating her, if she's well, will disrupt the social order that's in the process of getting established. She'd just have that much more trouble adjusting after being returned.

    Nowhere did you mention if she is holding her tail down. If you did, I missed it. This is the most important clue to a hen's well-being. Holding the tail down, along with standing facing a wall or corner, and not being interested in eating or socializing, all point to a hen who is feeling rotten. But give her a day or two longer. I've had hens behave in this manner who come around in a couple of days. If she isn't well, it'll probably go down hill rapidly. I doubt that the others are going to benefit from segregating her. They've already been exposed to her, whatever it is.

    If she doesn't improve in two more days, then place her in a crate and try to get her to eat some chicken soup. No kidding. It often brings them around.
     

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