She won't let me hold her

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SurbFarmGirl, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. SurbFarmGirl

    SurbFarmGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I posted yesterday that my Gerty girl hasn't laid an egg in about 2 weeks. Everyone said it's probably because she isn't getting enough light .... but my other 3 are still laying.

    Would there be a reason that she suddenly won't let me hold her? I used to hold her daily ... she'd squat and I'd pick her up. Now ... she runs :( I hate it. I don't know if the above have anything to do with one another ... but I don't know how to fix it.

    Any advice on what I can do? They are on layer feed ... should I get her more protein?
     
  2. shodack

    shodack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've read that being touched during a molt can be very uncomfortable for them. If she is molting it would explain both issues.
     
  3. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    X2, are you sure your hen isn't molting?
     
  4. SurbFarmGirl

    SurbFarmGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    She is only 7 months old. I haven't noticed much feather loss ... though above her tail she has mostly down looking feathers but I think that's pretty common for Easter Egger ladies. Could she be molting?
     
  5. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    I doubt she's molting, but it is possible. most pullets won't molt their first year, but some will, so that is a possibility. Other than that, I'm not sure. It's possible now that she's mature she has become more aloof. Is it possible that there could be something wrong with her? I would catch her up and do an exam, check for lice, mites, injury, etc.
     
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  6. SurbFarmGirl

    SurbFarmGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    She was laying ... up til about 2 weeks ago. :( Steadily .... an egg a day.
     
  7. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Do you think that she may be in the early stages of broodiness perhaps?

    CT
     

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