Is this Winter Behavior or a Sick Chicken?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ann10, Jan 4, 2017.

  1. Ann10

    Ann10 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have three black sex links for a backyard flock. They are all the same age, about 1.5 years old. Only one went through a true molt this winter, one has been laying an egg about every three days, and one, my previously best egg layer, has been dropping soft shelled eggs from the roost about two or three times a week all winter. Her egg has made it to the laying stage only two times in the last month. Our winters are not that cold, I am in Northern California. They all eat the same feed, organic layer crumbles, they have free choice crushed eggshells/oyster shell. They have plenty of room to roam in a large run area and have no predators that I am aware of. I don't know if she is sick or what, her comb is still red and she looks otherwise healthy.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Tillicans

    Tillicans Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm having similar situation with one of my leghorn x, I found if I left her in the coop longer she seems to be better, due to eating feed more. I give them organic pellets. Also I experimented with giving them less table scraps that helped also, as you she has plenty of oyster shell/grit etc. I thought it might be worms so I de-wormed her with Iverworm. I'm in Sydney and it's the middlhebof summer she's 2yrs old. She payed a pherfect egg yesterday. Otherwise she's healthy Keep an eye on her.
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Are you offering oyster shell on the side? They will take it as their bodies need it.
     
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    She possibly is not consuming the Oyster Shell?.....Nutrition might be out of balance? ......You free range so that could be a factor on the diet being out of Balance......


    Cheers!
     
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  5. Ann10

    Ann10 Out Of The Brooder

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    I finally took her to the vet and it turns out she IS sick. She is now on antibiotics and calcium supplements. I have my fingers crossed this will help her.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    What is she sick with?
     
  7. Ann10

    Ann10 Out Of The Brooder

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    The vet did not know what she is sick with except that she is passing not fully formed eggs. Otherwise, she looks very healthy, feathers are shiny, comb is bright red and her weight is good. Her blood test came back though showing an infection somewhere and her calcium is low.

    I can't believe I'm giving a pill to a chicken twice a day, they taught me the technique, but it is still rather challenging.
     
  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    In case they didn't give you this advise: Pull on their wattles and their mouth will open.
     

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