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Soft Eggs and putting leaves and stick on her back?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by flocking-crazy, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. flocking-crazy

    flocking-crazy Out Of The Brooder

    Hi BYC members I'm a little worried about one of my girls, She is about 14 months old has been a steady layer, for the last 5 days has laid soft eggs (all broken before i got it) today i noticed somethings really weird... she was putting sticks and leaves on her back, she did this for about 1hr, Any ideas?
     
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2016
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    No clue on her behaviour but maybe oyster shell could give her a calcium boost and harden the shells?

    Ct
     
  3. flocking-crazy

    flocking-crazy Out Of The Brooder

    She has cal grit and shell grit. I will upload a video of her acting crazy.
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Oh gosh - that has me stumped (not that it takes a lot :) )

    Hope someone can lend a hand soon.

    Ct
     
  5. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    How many and what types of chickens do you currently have?
     
  6. flocking-crazy

    flocking-crazy Out Of The Brooder

    I have 8 girls, they are all isa Browns. She is the top chook in the flock. She is still healthy and happy in appearance and behaviour except her funny actions today... Still trying to upload the video to YouTube. I will link when it uploads
     
  7. flocking-crazy

    flocking-crazy Out Of The Brooder

    Ok here is the link. has she lost her mind?
     
  8. potato chip

    potato chip Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    I have no idea, but could that be nesting behaviour? Chucking the leaves onto an (imaginary) nest? What do chickens do in the wild?
     
  9. rebrascora

    rebrascora Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sure I've read about or seen this behaviour on video before and it's to do with nest building instinct, but normally it's done in the nesting box or at least in one place rather than wandering around doing it.
    She looks healthy enough but the thin shells are a problem. I have a Blue hybrid that lays them and if I don't remove them as soon as they are laid, they get broken and eaten by the next bird that goes in to lay and I have sticky nest boxes and eggs to clean. This has been going on for over a year for me but as she is otherwise healthy and happy and laying eggs, I don't have the heart to cull her. .
     
  10. flocking-crazy

    flocking-crazy Out Of The Brooder

    Yea it could be a nesting thing I'll keep and eye on her, but are you saying this should pass and return to normal?
     

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