Strange behavior

urbanfarmer101

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9 Years
Apr 14, 2010
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I have a 3yo EE. She is keeping to herself, not even hanging with her best buddy. She has her neck scrunched down into her "shoulders" and walks like she is stiff legged. She is still wandering/free ranging all over my large yard. She will run if I try to catch her. (Typical behavior) I picked her up the other day and she barely weighs anything. I have seen her scratching in the garden and eating scraps from the compost pile. I have seen her at the feeder and she always shows up for treats. She was a great layer until her last molt in October. She hasn't laid an egg since. Her comb is still not bright red.

I had a hen die a month ago. There were similar symptoms with the exception of very stinky poo and a lot of it stuck to her rear. At the time, I thought she was egg bound. She had never laid an egg in her entire 3 years.

Anyway, now I am wondering if there is some weird thing going through my coop. My other 6 birds are all fine. I checked them out thoroughly.


Symptoms:

Walks stiff legged with the legs a bit wider apart than usual
Sleeps in about 1 hour after the others leave the coop
Is the first one to go to bed
Has some poo collected on the rear
Scrunches head down into her "shoulders"
Is anti-social
Not eating or drinking as well
Lost weight
 

Wyorp Rock

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What does her abdomen feel like? Have you checked to see if she is egg bound?
You may want to separate her with her own food and water so you can monitor her intake.
http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/health-and-common-diseases/egg-laying-issues/index.aspx
http://scoopfromthecoop.nutrenaworld.com/tag/laying-issues/
http://www.hobbyfarms.com/livestock-and-pets/6-causes-of-chicken-swollen-abdomen.aspx

Could also be worms if she hasn't been wormed.
Valbazen 1/2 ml orally and then repeated in 10 days for each chicken or Fenbendazole (Safeguard, Panacur) is at 1/4 ml per pound for 5 days in a row.
http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2015/11/control-treatment-of-worms-in-chickens.html
http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/04/answers-from-chicken-vet-on-worming.html
https://poultrykeeper.com/general-chickens/worming-chickens/
 

Wyorp Rock

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You could take a fecal sample to your vet and have them check it for worms.
If worms are the cause of her decline (feeling punky), IMO worming would be the best course of action in returning her to health.
 
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