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Silke Hen-Somethings wrong-NEW PICS!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TundraChick, Sep 28, 2007.

  1. TundraChick

    TundraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Silke hen is on her nest and has been for hours. I went out to check and she didn't even look up at me. She is all fluffed up and I can find anything wrong. She "cries" in discomfort if I try to pick her up. She has been fine. Eating fine, poop is fine. She may be straining as I notice her vent pushes out. I haven't noticed a decrease in eggs and don't feel anything in her abdomen. Maybe she is egg bound. What are the symptoms for that...otherwise I dont know
     
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  2. cristina33

    cristina33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is she broody?
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I think your hen has a terrible disease, it's called being broody.

    Ok, it's not a disease. It's all hormonal. Sounds exactally like what a broody does.
     
  4. TundraChick

    TundraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do they puff up when they are broody??
     
  5. Chellester

    Chellester Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup- she's a-broody. All the classic symptoms. [​IMG]
     
  6. TundraChick

    TundraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    phew! Is that all! Geeze it looks scarry!
     
  7. TundraChick

    TundraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So if she is broody and I remove her from the nest, shouldn't she go back to the nest? She just sits wherever I put her down.
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Not always. My broody Buff Orp would just sit when I took her off the nest and put her down outside. She'd stay like that for a few minutes then get up and scream like a banshee and pick a fight with someone.
     
  9. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    They turn into a fluffed up screaming pancake...Silkies have a tendency to go broody at a predetermined, by them anyways, time...
     
  10. TundraChick

    TundraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone, I only have two hens laying now I won't have enough eggs for my breakfast! The others won't lay till spring...
     

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