My new hens have an odor.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Chickmagnet9, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. Chickmagnet9

    Chickmagnet9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 16, 2011

    This is my first time posting on this site and what a wonderful site it is so, I signed up! Anyway, I just got a few new hens. They are approximately 5 months old and boy, do they have an odor. They are clean, appear very healthy, clear eyes, nostrils, beaks, etc. They still have all their feathers so I imagine they won't molt until next season. My other hens don't smell even a little bit; never have. Any thoughts or suggestions?

    Much thanks,
  2. CheerioLounge

    CheerioLounge Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    California High Desert
    [​IMG] from Twentynine Palms.

    Can you describe the odor?
  3. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

    Jan 27, 2009
    Welcome from the soggy side of Washington State. I am not sure of a good reason that some of the hens smell. It is possible that different breeds smell different.
  4. S&N Livestock

    S&N Livestock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    southern ohio
    [​IMG] from Ohio
  5. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

    Jan 8, 2011
    Tampa Area, Florida
    It could just be from the diet they were on. I noticed when my roo started hanging out at the neighbor's house, he smelled very sweet. Later I found out they had been feeding him corn tortillas.
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  6. Chickmagnet9

    Chickmagnet9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 16, 2011

    All of you have warmed my heart. Thank you, so very much for the welcome. The odor is like rotten chicken poop from afar. It was so strong when they were having happy hour "organic, cooked brown rice" after work, I had to get up on a couple of occasions and go smell the coop. We keep the coop extremely clean but I thought well, maybe the weather makes it smell really musty. Not so. The coop smells like perfume compared to these ladies. I was thinking it could be their diet prior to coming to "The Palace" as well. I really don't know what to think. No telling what the farmers gave the poor things. Different breeds have different odors? Really? See, this is why I needed this forum. All of you R.O.C.K. BTW, I am in sunny California!

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  7. OvertheHenHouse

    OvertheHenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2011
    San Diego
    Welcome from sunny San Diego! So glad you're here. This is a great group of folks who know chickens and are friendly to boot. It doesn't get much better than that [​IMG]
    That's a nasty description of their odor. There are a lot of diseases that are linked to foul (or perhaps 'fowl' LOL) smells. If you have them in with the rest of your flock, I'd isolate them until you find out what's going on. Wish I could give you more to go on - at least you've got a bump and a welcome!
  8. Chickmagnet9

    Chickmagnet9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 16, 2011
    Thank you Amy!

    You sure do have your hands full. Good thing is, they really aren't the work I thought they would be. I knew I would love my girls just because they are animals and they breathe! I did not know, I would love them as much as I do and I had no idea they have such distinct personalities. I have no idea what mine are. I was told they are Rhode Island Red hybrids...with what, I don't know. They all sure do love people though. They didn't at first. When we got them, they had never touched the ground, never been outside, never slept in their own box or roost and had never been touched until it was time to change cages except the time their beaks had all been cut. It was just sickening. Is sickening. I guess you could say we rescued them at 5 months. They are all together now and I don't really know how I would separate them. We only have one coop. Now what?[​IMG]
  9. OvertheHenHouse

    OvertheHenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2011
    San Diego
    Wow - you've done such a great job with them! Rescue animals are the best - it's as if they know. And it sounds in this case that you've done such good for them - cut beaks and all (ugh!!!).
    Typically you'd want to keep new hens isolated from the flock for a few weeks to make sure they're healthy. They're already in with the others so that's a moot point. If you have no other place to put them and they're already in with the flock, then I think all you can do is sit back and see what happens. Hopefully it's the nasty stuff the previous owner was feeding them. I'm voting for that -
  10. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair &amp; Feathers

    Check them for mites. A mite infestation can cause a really nasty odor.

    But then again, so can stuff they've been fed.... Let's hope that's the cause and your care will take care of that! Also, of any found mites.

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