tail down, no eggs since friday

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

  1. melloladies

    melloladies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for the bump- nobody has any ideas?!?
     
  4. bokboklady

    bokboklady Out Of The Brooder

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    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 Moderator Staff Member

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    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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