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Molting hen or sick/eggbound ? Please help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by haileyeverhart, Nov 5, 2015.

  1. haileyeverhart

    haileyeverhart Out Of The Brooder

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    My 2 year old golden laced Wyandotte hen Nellie is losing her feathers like her other sisters in the flock of 8 and she isn't acting like herself but I assumed it was from the molt. She has close to no neck feathers and already lost her tail feathers, shes slept on the ground for a few days now( I'm assuming cause it hurts to fly up to the roost?) and seems tired and sad I suppose. I know theyre spose to get protein so I tried giving her scrambled eggs but she didn't even try eating it. She seemed to peck around though. She just sat for a good 5 mins in the grass for a reason I don't know. The other two hens who are molting (her sister silver laced Wyandotte named Lacy and a 1 year old speckled Sussex named pepper ) seem just fine and eat normally. I know her sister lacy kind of seemed like this in the beginning of her molt about a week ago and kind of just sat around. She made me think she was eggbound from sitting so much but turns out she was just tired from molting I'm assuming or maybe in pain from molting. Nellies always been a quiet hen but shes worrying me with not eating those eggs ( she usually loves them) and not flying up to her roost. She is not laying either which I know is normal for her. Any feedback would be lovely, I think I'm just a bit paranoid though but any information on how chickens act while molting would be great! thanks!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    They do act sick sometimes while molting, everyone is different, some aren't bothered and others hide for weeks. Keep an eye on her to make sure she's eating and drinking, if she doesn't she might have something else going on, otherwise she should perk up in a few weeks, don't handle her if you can avoid it.
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. I think you are right to worry about Nellie. Most normal chickens will eat eggs, and fly up to roost even when they feel poorly. I would check her skin for the presence of lice or mites on her skin. Can you check inside her vent for a stuck egg? Has she been wormed recently? How does her crop feel? I would put some vitamins and electrolytes in the chickens' waterer.
     
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2015
  4. haileyeverhart

    haileyeverhart Out Of The Brooder

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    Shes in the coop row its about 9 pm so I don't wanna spook the whole flock (and goats) do you think I could do a check in the morning or is this emergency?
     

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