In the Brooder
- May 18, 2010
I posted a while back about a black australorp hen of mine that has been sickly for months now. She had swollen bumps on the tops of her feet so people suggested I treat for scaly leg mites. I used the vaseline treatment and her legs look much better now, although the scales still aren't as tight as my other hens. After molt her feathers grew in sort of curly, they don't lay down smooth like my other hens, she has a ruffled unkempt look. She's more active now and her comb color has improved, but she still spends a lot of time standing with her eyes half closed or sleeping. She's underweight, not laying as far as I know, and picked on by the others. I wonder if it's some metabolic problem. She has an odd high pitched little voice, more like an adolescent chick than an adult hen. Any thoughts?