My chicken keeps sitting down

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by susan1981, Aug 4, 2014.

  1. susan1981

    susan1981 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two chickens and I'm wondering if one of them isn't that well. She's laying eggs but the shells are really thin so the eggs that she lays are pretty useless. She seems ok but she's just sitting down ALOT. Is this normal chicken behaviour? My other chicken doesn't sit down this much. She's only about 2 so not very old.
     
  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    What type of feed are they getting? Do you offer oyster shell to them as a supplement?
     
  3. susan1981

    susan1981 Out Of The Brooder

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    They have layer mash and layer pellets as well as mixed seeds and they do also have Oyster Shells. My other chicken is absolutely fine but this one just keeps sitting down a lot and also has quite a red area around her back legs.

    Just to add, my husband says that he's noticed she seems to be limping a bit as well.
     
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  4. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    Do you think that she might possibly be egg-bound? From your posts it almost seems she's "sitting down alot" maybe trying to pass an egg?
     
  5. susan1981

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    But she is laying, she's never been a daily egg layer but she does lay eggs, they're just poor quality. Can they be egg-bound and still lay bad eggs?
     
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  7. susan1981

    susan1981 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you. I will have a look over there. I really don't know much about chickens either!
     
  8. Stiggy

    Stiggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you checked for bumble foot? It can make them limp and lethargic since it is painful
     
  9. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, good thinking. You never know with these girls..they can hide their injuries/illnesses pretty darned good. OP, check the bottom of your hen's feet for possible bumblefoot.
     
  10. susan1981

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    Thank you. I will have a look, although I'm pretty sure from googling bumble foot that she doesn't have this. But I'll go and check.
     

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