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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wexfordwoman, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. wexfordwoman

    wexfordwoman Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone I'm new to BYC and have recently got myself 12 new Rhode Island Red Hens
    All are doing fine, except for one. I bought them as point of lay pullets about 4 weeks ago and am getting an average of 2 eggs a day. The sick one seems to be partially blind and is very thin, she walks around very cautiously and pecks funny at the food missing it a lot of the time, she has taken to following me around when I'm outside because I keep leaving little piles of food for her. The thing is it seems to come out the same as it went in if you know what I mean and I was just wondering if anyone had any advice?
     
  2. sdshoars

    sdshoars Chillin' With My Peeps

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    welcome to byc!!! the only advice i can give you is to give her some plain yogurt, the bacteria in that might help her to digest her food more efficiently. and plain yogurt only the other stuff has too much sugar in it. hope someone else can be more helpful!
     
  3. ashyannehand

    ashyannehand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi and Welcome - [​IMG]

    I am really sorry to hear about your sick girl. [​IMG]

    I am a newbie to the chicken world too so I do not have an answer, but I hope someon would chime in who knows more about these things.

    You have pick a great place to come. The people are great! Have fun and good luck with your sick girl! [​IMG]
     
  4. wexfordwoman

    wexfordwoman Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the advice I'll try that and hopefully it will work, she needs all the help she can get. Some of the other hens have taken to bullying her which seems so unfair, I try to stop them whenever I see it happening but not sure when I'm not around. Thanks once again
     
  5. wexfordwoman

    wexfordwoman Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the welcome. Your right, just looking at the different posts the people seem to be really nice. I love your smileys by the way
     
  6. Ihave RIR and my problem is my roo is really big and heavy and the backs of my hens stay red and bare of feathers, but I think I would separate the sick chicken and feed her the plain yogurt like someone else recommended. also welcome. [​IMG] marrie
     
  7. RTRChick

    RTRChick Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi! I'm new to the board too, this being my very first post ever. But I just wanted to say I hope you find out whats wrong with your chicken.
     
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    SSO202 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A welcome to both of you. Good luck with your chickens!
     
  9. RTRChick

    RTRChick Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thank you! But it looks like its still gonna be a few months before I get one. [​IMG] . Thats ok, gives me plenty of time to read up and figure out the best breed to get.
     
  10. wexfordwoman

    wexfordwoman Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks to everyone who replied to my post, and for the great welcome. I'll definately be trying the yogurt. I don't think I need to seperate her from the rest of the chucks, she's gaining in confidence every day, I think she's getting the lay of the land and is moving around a bit further every day and has started pecking at different things, I was watching her closely today and there seems to be a couple of hens who bully her but she just keeps out of their way, the rest don't seem to mind her so if the yogurt works I think she'll be fine. By the way I got 3 eggs today a new record !
     

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