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tail down, no eggs since friday

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by melloladies, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. melloladies

    melloladies Songster

    Apr 28, 2010
    Merritt Island
    I have a 13 month old EE hen that I got about a week and a half ago. She laid 5 eggs out of 7 days, then starting Monday, I noticed her tail was drooping and she doesn't seem very peppy. I also haven't seen her eat at all today. She hasn't laid at all since friday... what should I be on the lookout for?
    I'm totally new at this, so I've never "checked a chicken's vent" or checked for mites or anything. She had just come of a worming treatment the day I got her (Ivermectin??? Did I get that right??) I'm just not even sure if I should be worried or not, but of course, I'm freaking out!!!
    Damn chickens get under your skin so quick! I love her!!!

  2. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    I wish I knew the answer. Bump to see if someone else will chime in here. [​IMG]
  3. melloladies

    melloladies Songster

    Apr 28, 2010
    Merritt Island
    thanks for the bump- nobody has any ideas?!?
  4. bokboklady

    bokboklady In the Brooder

    Sep 8, 2010
    hi, i'm quite new to it all also, but when one of my chooks acted like that yesterday she had a soft egg stuck in her vent, as i approached her she popped it out and looked really relieved, she also wasnt eating and she is normally the greedyest bird, so i would check her vent and perhaps give her a helping hand, shes a lot happier today.
  5. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Plenty of info in the FAQ section on eggbound and internal layers.

    You need to soak her in a warm bath and isolate her in a darkened spot to encourage her to rest.

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