My Chicken Looks Sick. Please help.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by AnimalGirl118, Feb 24, 2015.

  1. AnimalGirl118

    AnimalGirl118 New Egg

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    My White Leghorn Hen, Tammy Sue, looks sick. She hasn't laid an egg in a while, is loosing feathers on her head, and looks sick in the face. She has been this way for the past few days. My chickens are normally in the coop all day because where I live its usually negative temperatures all day. Tammy is usually the alpha, next to Lucy. I know my chickens very well and this isn't Tammy. She's up and walking, eating and drinking. I'm not sure if she is starting to molt or what, but can somebody help?

    She is almost one year old(She was born on May 21st) and has grown up with five other hens of all different breeds. They get along very well and they haven't turned cannibalistic, yet.

    In the winter coop, I have a water heater, two heat lamps, a food pipe, a bucket full of water, a normal light and four nesting boxes. I use pine shavings for their floor and leaves, shavings and other materials for them to make their nests out of. We have a vent in the coop so the air can circulate and won't get frostbite.

    Tammy stopped laying eggs a while ago, and I thought it was just because it's the winter.

    Somebody help!
     
  2. chickens123432

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    could she be egg bound?
     
  3. chickens123432

    chickens123432 Out Of The Brooder

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    but she might be starting to molt
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

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    It sounds like she is going through a molt. Sometimes chickens get under the weather when that happens.
     
  5. AnimalGirl118

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    @chickens123432 I'm not quite sure if she's egg bound; I'm pretty sure White Leghorns aren't really a winter hardy breed, but she has laid eggs in December and January, just February she hasn't laid.
    @BantamFan4Life I'm not sure if shes going through a soft molt or hard molt, but she isn't loosing them quickly.

    Thanks for responding, you guys! I've been worried about her because I raised her from three days old and each and every one of my chickens are special to me.
     
  6. AnimalGirl118

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    Should I put more calcium into her diet to help her make new feathers? Right now, they get leftover vegetables and bread along with their main food, Home Grown Layer Feed. When it's warm out, I let them out all day if I am to stay home. This is usually on the weekends, summer vacation and after I get home from school. They usually go out at 7am and go in when the sun sets.
     

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