Thought hen was molting, now won’t come out of nesting box!!! HELP needed

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by EandEchickens, Nov 10, 2018.

  1. EandEchickens

    EandEchickens In the Brooder

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    One of our hens was losing TONS of feathers, got on here today, reading about molting, apparently it can be a hard molt... I felt better about her, but went to lock them up tonight, and she wasn’t roosting with the others. She was alone in a nesting box. Her noise sounded a little distressed to me as well. Clueless if there’s anything else I should be looking out for or doing! I feel so bad for her. And advice welcome!! Thank you
     
  2. puffypoo

    puffypoo Free Ranging

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    Does she growl or peck at you if you reach over to grab her?
    Can you feel her crop, what does it feel like?
    Also feel her abdomen for a stuck egg.
    What are you feeding?
     
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  3. EandEchickens

    EandEchickens In the Brooder

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    I need to feel her abdomen. I didn’t try to touch her or pick her up all day, cause all I’d read on molting, was that it hurts. So I don’t want to mess with her. My husband is the chicken farmer, but won’t be home for awhile. He’s been gone all day. They free range all day, eat a feed we get a tractor supply(husband buys it), plus some scratch now and then.
     
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  4. EandEchickens

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    Could her just feeling bad from molting cause her to seclude herself?
     
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  5. puffypoo

    puffypoo Free Ranging

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    I don’t think so...
    Tomorrow, Check her abdomen, crop etc and check for lice or mites. Knowing more about her symptoms will help you treat her better.
     
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  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Absolutely. Especially if it is cold where you are located.
     
  7. MissChick@dee

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    Molt is hard on them. Especially if it’s her first. And yes unless your hen is very tame and trusts you completely it’s best to not handle them during molt. Be careful with her. She could be sleeping in the box because she’s uncomfortable. Meaning all she knows is that it hurts.
    You could close off the boxes before dusk and open them first thing in the morning.
    Watch that she eats and drinks. Since it’s clear from the loss of feathers that she is molting. Just keep a eye on her. That’s what I would do if she were mine. Best wishes
     
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  8. HenOnAJuneBug

    HenOnAJuneBug Crowing

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    A few of mine keep to themselves some nights when they molt. One even slept in a nest.
     
  9. EandEchickens

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    Thank you all so much for your input. It’s eased my mind a bit. I’m in Alabama, so it’s not cold to most people, but it’s been really warm till last night when a cold front came through. Dropped about 30 degrees. Maybe she’s just cold. I really appreciate all those that took time to respond.
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Are you sure she's molting......sounds like she may be broody.
     
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