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Should I be worried?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Robin'sBrood, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    About 45 minutes ago I looked out at my chickens and I noticed my BA hen, Betty, standing in the corner of the run. Something about the way she looked standing there just didn't seem *normal* so I stood there and watched her for a few minutes. She was just standing there not doing anything. I went away for a little while and when I looked out again, she was still standing there. So I went out, walked over to her and was able to pick her right up. That is NOT normal for her, she normally runs away when I try to pick her up.

    Anyway, she was shaking when as I held her but I chalked that up to nerves since it isn't cold here today. I brought her in the house and put her down. She looked fine and started walking a bit so I scooped her back up and took her back out (my roo was anxiously waiting for her return [​IMG] ) and set her down. She calmly walked away from me so I thought that I must have been overreacting.

    Well... I've been watching her and she is just standing. I don't know how to describe it, she's just not acting like normally very active Betty, know what I mean? Her comb and wattles are bright red and she isn't sneezing or anything, she's just standing very still. She's 8 months old and lays almost every day. She has not laid today, but she may not lay today, so [​IMG] about that being a problem.

    How long before I should start to really worry about her, and what should I look for if she continues to act strange?
     
  2. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    Is she kind of squatting? I would keep a close eye on her, that is not normal.
     
  3. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    I went out in the run again. She seems to be okay, just acting a little slow today. Maybe she's as tired of the gray skies and the nasty, drizzly, misty, overall GROSS weather we've been having this week as I am. Maybe she's developed a case of SADD. [​IMG] I'll keep a close eye on her today.
     
  4. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    Just wanted to report that Betty is doing fine. She laid an egg (got a pic of her in the nest box) [​IMG] and has been back to her normal self all afternoon. Whew!
     
  5. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    She's so cute and pretty!
     
  6. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    Thank you, she is a sweetie! [​IMG]
     
  7. momofdrew

    momofdrew Chillin' With My Peeps

    maybe she was having a hard time with that egg??
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    She might have been having a little trouble with that egg or she could have just have been having an off day. Don't we all have those days when it feels like our heads are attached to the wrong end of our bodies?
    Glad to hear she got it all worked out. She's a beautiful hen. [​IMG]
     
  9. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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