My Hen is Walking Backwards

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jmb, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. jmb

    jmb Out Of The Brooder

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    Last week, one of my 7 mo. old Delaware hens started walking backwards. It's not a step or so, but 7-10 steps. Then, she'll stop for a second and do it again. She can walk forward, but does this backward thing a lot. Did she fall on her head? Anybody else see this before?
     
  2. Chickenmagnet

    Chickenmagnet Out Of The Brooder

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    I call that the Michael Jackson affect
     
  3. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    [​IMG] It is a Moonwalking chicken.

    Honestly, I have never heard of such a thing. Hopefully someone will have some answers for you.
     
  4. sloallie10

    sloallie10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Shes trying to do the eletric slide!!![​IMG]
     
  5. opihiman911

    opihiman911 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the only time I saw any of my chickens walk backwards is when one of my month old chicks got crook neck. Its head was turned 180 degrees and when it was startled it would just keep backing up till in got in to a corner.
    We cured her crookneck and everything is alright and she is walking forward now.
    Anything like that going on??

    Cory




    edited for bad spelling because I'm tired
     
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2008
  6. jmb

    jmb Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't think so. Her head stays straight. Other than her backwards walk, she seems normal.
     
  7. ji

    ji Out Of The Brooder

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    May I ask how you cured crook neck? I have a six month old silver laced Wyandotte, one of 22, that has developed it. I saw her roosting with one eye looking straight up the other straight down. I put her alone in the old brooder with food and water and she does seem to be doing better. She seems function just great and seems happy but still has some tendency to turn her eye skyward.
    I give her mashed up boiled eggs every other day for extra nutrition. She is not laying so I'm hoping it doesn't turn her into an egg eater.
    Any way, if you have any tips I'd like to hear. thanks
    Kirk
     
  8. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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  9. Attack Chicken

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    I have a moonwalking chicken as well. She's doing fine and acts like her normal self. Just sometimes after she dusts bathes she walks backward then shakes herself off them shes fine. Only happens about 1 day every other week. The only thing wrong with her is that she has knocked knees, but it adds to her personality. [​IMG]
     
  10. conroy

    conroy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:What is crook neck? Sorry I'm still a noob!
     

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