Strange behavior

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by yankee, Aug 4, 2007.

  1. yankee

    yankee In the Brooder

    Feb 21, 2007
    One of my Barred Rocks, 6mo old now, has been laying around all day. She is kind of puffing out her feathers and keeping one of her wings out a little. When she does walk she takes very short step and keeps stepping on her own feet as she walks. When she is laying she is still pecking at the ground and eating, and as vocal as all the others. When I picked her up I found she can flap her wings like normal and when my dog came near she was able to run as normal. I have not gotten any eggs yet and was hoping that this behavior may be caused by some confusion in my girl cause she may be about to lay, and don't know what is going on.

    Anyone seen this before? Any suggestions?

  2. Bubba

    Bubba Songster

    Jun 18, 2007
    Is there anything physically wrong with her that you can tell? Are you sure she has enough water? Dehydrated animals and people do some odd things. Does she have shade throughout the day? Is her balance off? When the dog makes her run, how long can she run...Does she run straight or veer off to a side?

    If its a disease I cannot help you. My animals have always been healthy (Knock on wood, What will we do when there is no WOOD left [​IMG] ) Hence I have no advice in that area. Don't worry if you see a bunch of views and no answers/responses. This might be rare or people haven't dealed with it yet. I am sure by tomorrow there will be a few people that have an idea of what you have going on thou.

  3. FamilyOfChickens

    FamilyOfChickens Songster

    Mar 24, 2007
    Northwest Indiana
    She's probably just hot. [​IMG]

    edit: And as for the eggs, heat sometimes affects their laying.
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2007
  4. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Sounds like shes too hot.

    Are you feeding her scratch?
  5. yankee

    yankee In the Brooder

    Feb 21, 2007
    Thanks everybody, I think it was the heat. By the end of the day they were all kind of acting the same. Wings out and laying around. They go plenty of water, and by the evening they were all acting normal, well... normal for a chicken that is.
  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Sometimes heavy breeds like BR's and Brahmas are affected more by the heat sooner than the others. I've also noticed that Penny is affected more also and she's a Silkie mix.

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