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Shivering hen

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by MarieNC, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. MarieNC

    MarieNC Songster

    May 10, 2010
    I went into the run to spend some time with my girls a couple of days ago and had my 2.5 year old RIR in my lap and noticed she was shivering. It wasn't horribly cold that day, around 50. She is definitely the low girl on the totem pole and has had feathers pulled. Plus she has had crop surgery and spots on her chest that will never grow feathers back. She wears a Birdie Bra to support her crop and keep her warm. She has been acting fine, eating and drinking normally. I brought her in the house and she is acting fine with no shivering. There is a very strong cold spell coming, and I'm reluctant to put her back outside, but I don't want to get her too used to being in the house, either. Any suggestions?

  2. cary 1973

    cary 1973 Songster

    my chickens are pets and if i was in your shoes i would keep inside on coldest days but that is just me
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    I agree you should help her stay warm, but if you don't want her in the house... If you put a heat lamp in the coop maybe? So she can warm up under it if she gets too chilled.

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