lethargic and laid shelless egg

crazy hen quartet

Songster
11 Years
Dec 20, 2008
212
1
119
Chandler AZ
Hello..

I have an approx 18 month old easter egger that is generally very healthy but doesn't lay much. She started laying last november and then production dropped significantly over the spring and summer, for about six weeks she didn't even lay at all except for a couple of fart eggs.

She started laying again a few weeks back, maybe 2 or 3 eggs a week.

This morning I went out to feed the hens and everyone seemed fine. Just now I went out to find her standing in the water dish with her chest dropped low and a shell less egg in the water. She is usually flighty and won't let you approach her but didn't seem interested in moving, she didn't try to move until I was nearly touching her.

She appears otherwise healthy, color is good, no runny eyes or nose or anything like that. Just lethargic, she even laid down on the ground and closed her eyes for a few minutes while I was out there.

Any thoughts on this?

Thanks
 

crazy hen quartet

Songster
11 Years
Dec 20, 2008
212
1
119
Chandler AZ
She eats the same layer feed as the rest of the girls and they are all fine... would it be possible for her to require more than the others? and the lethargy is weird.
 

Glenda L Heywood

Songster
10 Years
Apr 11, 2009
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Do you feed any corn to the chickens?
if so quit that so they will eat the commercial crumbles or pellets

well may I add the whole flock need OYSTER SHELL daily
MAKE A FEEDER FOR THE OYSTER SHELL AND GRIT
oyster shell is important additive to chickens as their eggs take 85% calcium out of the body daily so it has to be added back
this keeps the shells nice and the bones hard

I think she is suffering from some kind of E.coli and needs the wet mash probiotic recipe
I would give it to all the chickens
it is the time of yr they have or should be molting and she defintely has a gut problem
do this
now the
natural probiotic recipe is is:
1 qt of dry feed crumbles
1-1/2 qt of milk, sweet, sour, or buttermilk or a mixture of all or some
1 cup of yoguart of non flavored yoguart ( no artificial sweetmer)
mix good

SINGLE CHICKEN
3 tbsp of dry crumbles
4 tbsp of milk
1 tbsp of yoguart
1 tbsp of apple sauce put on top of mixture for chickens taste

AFTER PUTTING vitamins in
after vit's are mixed in add the applesauce last for taste to chickens
PUT 1 TSP per chicken OF APPLE SAUCE FOR THE WET MASH PROBIOTIC

NOW THE IMPORTANT INGRIEDIENT FOR EACH CHICKEN FED
and add 1- 1000 mg of Vit E by cutting the end off the vit E capsule for each chicken fed this wet mash
also 1 Vit B complex crushed and one calcium tablet crushed and one Vit D crushed
putting it in the wet mash
OR FOR each chicken your treating
so for each chicken use 3 tbsp of mixture and 1-1000 mg of Vit E , Vit B complex,, vit D, and calcium tablet

multiply the number of chickens times the recipe
it will not hurt the others to have this important gut restoration recipe

twice a day for one wekk


and feed each chicken
3 tbsp full of the wet mash probiotic and what they will clean up in 20-30 minutes
then clean wet feeders and restock dry crumbles

do this twice a day for a week

then quit the Vit E and Vit B complex, Vit D and calcium make just the wet mash probiotic
then once a week for life


2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar per gallon of the chicken water so their gut flora wil be regulated

they should have this at least 3-5 days a week
then three days aweek after they are over coccidiosis
the vit's are neccessary to clean up the damaged gut problem

email me any questions
 

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