Sick chicken or something else

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by clintonchicks, Aug 2, 2016.

  1. clintonchicks

    clintonchicks New Egg

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    Our chicken will not get out of the nesting box/coop for over a week and now she is beginning to lose feathers around her face. This is the only one with this issue. Please help![​IMG]
     
  2. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    How old is this bird? Does she make odd noises when you approach the nest? Does she puff up when you approach the nest? What breed is this bird? Some breeds are more prone to being broody then others is why I ask.

    This looks like it may be a case of a broody getting her feathers on her head pulled while refusing to get out of the nest so someone can lay an egg.
     
  3. Isaiah Mack

    Isaiah Mack Out Of The Brooder

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    It looks likes a jersey giant which are quite broody however I haven't had any problems from mine. She's the biggest chicken and even keeps my rooster in check! Jersey giants are also quite docile (easy to tame).
     
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  4. clintonchicks

    clintonchicks New Egg

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    She is an australorp She is 1 1/2 years old. She does make a few noises and puffs up when we approach the nest. When we take her out of the nesting box this is what she does:[​IMG]
     
  5. ambergds

    ambergds Out Of The Brooder

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    She's broody! My black australorp just finished raising chicks. It was my first with a broody and such a wonderful experience! Would you consider letting her hatch some chicks?
    Here is pic of my girl with her baby's [​IMG]
     
  6. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    Totally a broody hen. Normal behavior lol.

    Some are die hard broody. This little cochin has been perpetually broody every summer for 5 years. I finally got her to adopt some chicks.

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    The chicks she is raising are 5 Black Australorp and 2 Black Sex Link.
    She is die hard broody and I am a die hard Australorp fan so WIN WIN.
     
  7. clintonchicks

    clintonchicks New Egg

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    We don't have a rooster though? Her eggs are not fertilized.
     
  8. ambergds

    ambergds Out Of The Brooder

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    I didn't have a rooster either. I ordered fertilized eggs from a breeder in California. They arrived within a week and five of seven made it to day 20. 4 hatched one didn't make it out of the shell. After seeing my broody raise the chicks, I'll never do it any other way! It was awesome. She is such a good mommy hen and she taught the chicks to like me. They are the friendliest chicks I have ever had. They run right up to me. The little cockerel is the friendliest and my favorite [​IMG]
     
  9. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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  10. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    The other option for her to raise a couple chicks is to get some day old chicks and hope she is willing to adopt them. The first time I tried to get Bitty to adopt chicks she was horribly mean and would not accept them. I raised them and sold them as started pullets. This year she was willing to take on raising the chicks.
     

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