New hen

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by billiem, May 1, 2017.

  1. billiem

    billiem New Egg

    May 1, 2017
    Hello, I recently added a silky to my girls. I was told shes a confirmed layer but she looks rooish. She jas long dangly feathers sticking out of her head pouf and has some pointy feathers off her butt. Also, when she pecks at food she turns her head to the side and has a hard time aiming her peck. Others wikk pick whater veggie right up and she just pecks around it....i trimmed her hair so she can see now but she still does it. Is this a silkie thing?
  2. Abriana

    Abriana Flock Master

    Apr 26, 2017
    the Swan Pond
    Because chickens, and other birds', eyes are on the sides of their heads, they can have trouble bringing together the two images that they see. One is the right image and they can't tell which until they have practiced. Maybe this is the problem? They usually have it figured out by adulthood. I don't have silkies, so I'm not sure if it's a silkie thing or what. As long as she is getting enough to eat she should be okay. To check if she has been eating, run your hand over her chest and you should feel a bulge, thats her crop, where birds store their food before it goes on to their stomach, if it is repeatedly empty (you can't feel it), she may need some help, but if it is full and bulging she has been eating.
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
  5. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under billiem [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received some good advice, I will just wish you all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    You might want to also pop in and say hello on your local thread: ‘Find your State’s thread.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]

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