What Is Going On With My Hen??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sureyeawhatever, Sep 19, 2018.

  1. sureyeawhatever

    sureyeawhatever Hatching

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    **Edited the chaos of the repeating post**

    So I got a 12 week old Buff Orphington pullet back in April. It only took her a couple weeks to start laying and quickly became the head hen of the flock. About a month ago, we went broody. But it started while my husband a I were away on vacation for about 2 weeks and the 'feather baby sitter' didn't know what was going on so it got pretty bad. When we got home, we had to do our best to correct the situation since we weren't planning on getting chicks anytime soon (our city has a hen limit according to the amount of property you have and ours is 6. We already have 4 hens and Tractor Supply and chicken breeders near us will only sell a 'starter flock' or 6 chicks at a time) and we also couldn't get a rooster (also not allowed). We did our best to close off the nesting boxes after the other hens have layed, separated her from the flock at night so she wouldn't sleep in the boxes, and when all that failed, we put her in chicken jail for about 3 days. This seemed to work but ws then immediately followed by what seems to be a moult. But it isn't typical moult...she's losing feathers like crazy but in no particular pattern similar to what you'd expect....she just looks, scroungy. Fearing it was mites, I added Sevin 5% to their dust baths as well as DE because I'm not here to F-around. That didn't seem to make a difference and she was still messing with her feathers and really moody, now attacking one hen in particular. She typically doesnt let people near her and often lets out a quick 'scream' when you try to pet her before she runs away but today, she kept coming up to me and even briefly let me pet her. About 2 hours ago, she started crowing - loud - and not the typical 'egg song' but like "PAY ATTENTION TO ME NOW" squawking. This went on for about 20 mins before another hen joined. Then another, until I finally had a full on hen accapella group for my poor neighbors to listen to. I put them all back in the coop where they continued, all huddled at the far end, with the Buff Orphington on the outside, leading/seemingly guarding them from some invisible danger.

    Has anyone dealt with anything similar? Did I cause some kind of weird hormone shift when I broke her from being broody? Did I break my hen? Help!
     
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    2 many chickens Songster

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    Lol I don't know but your post made me laugh
     
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    EggWalrus Crowing

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    Not sure about your hen, but you might want to edit your post and delete where you wrote the same thing 3 times.
    Maybe those hormones will get right.
     
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    2 many chickens Songster

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    LOL I thought I kept scrolling up and was reading the same thing over and over... I thought my eyes were confusing me!!
     
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    EggWalrus Crowing

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    I thought I had bumped the screen and sent it back to the start to begin with.
    :he
     
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  6. sureyeawhatever

    sureyeawhatever Hatching

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    thanks for pointing that out. Just fixed it
     
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    sureyeawhatever Hatching

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    thanks for pointing that out. Just fixed it
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Great post, had me chuckling....you have a way with words, for sure.

    But as to your problem...not sure a 14 week bird will lay, or go broody, she must be older. Do you have a pic of her from when you first got her?
    ..and pics of her 'molting'.

    Pics of your setup might help too....and video of this noise she makes.
    A lot to ask, I know, but better data for better solution suggestions.



    Best to actually check them over real well for mites and/or lice before treating.

    Google images of lice/mites and their eggs before the inspection so you'll know what you're looking for.

    Part the feathers right down to the skin around vent, head/neck and under wings.

    Best done well after dark with a strong flashlight/headlight, easier to 'catch' bird and also to check for the mites that live in structure and only come out at night to feed off roosting birds.

    Wipe a white paper towel along the underside of roost to look for red smears(smashed well fed mites).
     
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