sleepy chicken, not going outside, not eating

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i’ve got a black austrolorp that’s acting quite weird. i posted here last night but now we have a better understanding of what’s going on. yesterday she went back to ben in the coop very early and when i took her down she didn’t seem to want to leave the coop, opting to curl up in a small corner. i figured her feet were cold or something so i took her in and warmed her up but it didn’t do anything. checked her crop, almost empty, she doesn’t seem to be eating. checked for an egg, nothing. i woke up this morning, and put them out early and she didn’t come down and seems to want to stay in the coop. i can’t check for parasites if she’s not pooping or eating in the first place, any ideas what might be the problem??
 

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Did she have any mites or lice on her?
What are you feeding them?
I would stop all treats if you are giving treats and just have feed available.
 

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Did she have any mites or lice on her?
What are you feeding them?
I would stop all treats if you are giving treats and just have feed available.
no mites no lice, i checked her whole body first thing. i was feeding them a little “trail mix” of chicken treats and meal worms but that’s was mostly for the younger ones to eat out of my hand. i put out out some mealworms yesterday to see if she’d eat, but nothing. they’ve currently got free choice chuck started feed for my 18 weeks and layer feed for the older ones, though they eat whichever they want and i’ve stopped putting in chick feed recently for that exact reason. should mention she’s also had some comb shrinking but that’s probably the cold weather we’ve got here
 

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my working theory is that she’s at the bottom of the pecking order. i saw some other chickens getting in her face and pecking her this morning, maybe they’re also not letting her eat, it explains why she doesn’t want to be with the flock and also why she doesn’t want to be awake and walk around, thinking of separating her this afternoon and seeing if she eats
 

Aapomp831

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I’ve tagged some real disease experts. If there’s no sign of respiratory distress, I would guess worms - if you have some Safeguard it wouldn’t hurt to deworm her just in case. Try making her some warm, soft scrambled egg. She may need more protein since you just switched from chick starter to layer. If I can give any advice, I would keep everyone on chick starter / or grower / or flock raiser and skip the layer feed. Just offer free choice oyster shell on the side. I’m not saying this is what’s causing an issue but you never know which is why I tagged some more knowledgeable people.
 

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@Eggcessive
@Wyorp Rock

I’ve tagged some real disease experts. If there’s no sign of respiratory distress, I would guess worms - if you have some Safeguard it wouldn’t hurt to deworm her just in case. Try making her some warm, soft scrambled egg. She may need more protein since you just switched from chick starter to layer. If I can give any advice, I would keep everyone on chick starter / or grower / or flock raiser and skip the layer feed. Just offer free choice oyster shell on the side. I’m not saying this is what’s causing an issue but you never know which is why I tagged some more knowledgeable people.
should mention the later food isn’t for her it’s for the pullets we just integrated, she’s 10 months and been on layer feed for a while
 

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Has she laid eggs? I would chcek her crop early in the morning to make sure that it is a crop disorder. Can you separate her with her own food and water to see if she will eat? Scrambled egg, tuna, or canned cat food are good to try to tempt her to eat, but chicken feed should be the major portion of her food. What are her droppings looking like?
 

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Has she laid eggs? I would chcek her crop early in the morning to make sure that it is a crop disorder. Can you separate her with her own food and water to see if she will eat? Scrambled egg, tuna, or canned cat food are good to try to tempt her to eat, but chicken feed should be the major portion of her food. What are her droppings looking like?
no droppings, not eating, small crop, almost empty. havent seen any strange droppings around the run as well. When i get home i plan to separate her with some scrambled eggs and see if she'll at least eat, then maybe run out and get some safe guard just in case. ive also got some sav-a-chick, will that work?
 

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