narcoleptic chicken - is it a problem?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by YearningForGoats, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. YearningForGoats

    YearningForGoats Out Of The Brooder

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    One of our 5 chickens has recently taken to falling asleep standing up in the run. It seems to be happening quite often and is a new phenomenon for her. Sometimes she's up on one leg like a flamingo. None of the other chickens sleep standing up. I'm a little worried about her, but maybe it isn't anything. Any advice would be appreciated.
     
  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know what to tell you, but it might be good to know how old the chicken is, if she is still eating, drinking, pooping and laying etc.
     
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  3. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, we need a little more information.

    It might be that she's feeling badly. Is she eating, drinking, playing, pooping? Is she old enough to lay?

    Please tell us about your girl. [​IMG]
     
  4. YearningForGoats

    YearningForGoats Out Of The Brooder

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    She a cuckoo marans and is a little over a year old, was laying regularly, then went broody for the second time this summer. We had her in a separate cage until she snapped out of it, and quit hanging out in the laying box. I can't tell if she has started laying again yet. I haven't been around enough to see if she has been in the box ... and if she IS laying, her eggs are so lightened up that I am mistaking them for our wyandotte's. They did lighten up last time she was broody, though. She seems to be eating, drinking, and pooping fine. Maybe I'm just a worrier, but none of the other girls sleep outside standing up in the run. They have about a 40' x 15' run that they are out in everyday.
     
  5. YearningForGoats

    YearningForGoats Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh, I'm also a little extra worried because our next coor neighbor's chickens have mites, so I put DE all in the run inside the coop, on the roosting bars and in the nesting boxes. I haven't had a chance to inspect our chickens yet.
     
  6. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That might be a place to start. Perhaps you have time to check the one chicken for mites.
     

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