what is wrong?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Fussy8, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. Fussy8

    Fussy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2011
    HELP ME!! I don't know if i should look at this as a good thing or a horrible thing! My two silkie hens have been laying in the box for 3 days and our orange silkie is laying on eggs (Is that bad during the winter?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?)
    then the other has its head buried and its bum in the air! I checked the bum and nothing it is clean of everything! and there is nothing sticking out?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!??!!? WHAT SHOULD I DO?!?!?!?!?!
  2. Patricia Jane

    Patricia Jane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2010
    Petaluma CA
    I'm so sorry. I Don't have a clue but thought I would bump this thread hoping someone may be of some help. Anyone?????
  3. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    Sounds like a broodie.... Do they all have eggs under them? Do they almost rip your hand off when you try to go near them?
  4. Chicken_Pauper

    Chicken_Pauper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2011
    Southern California
    Search 'EGGBOUND' here on BYC.. use the Search option here to get info on Eggbound... You need to check them and treat them if they are eggbound... so you don't lose them.. the one sitting will be fine.. if she seems well otherwise.

    I don't know how old your hens are... but, younger hens, new layers tend to get eggbound more it seems.. until they get more experienced at it.

    Depending on their ages... use the search here... immediately check and treat for "eggbound".. and let the one sit on her eggs that is sitting, if she has no other problem. She will get off the nest now and then.. sometimes not for a couple of days.. but, she should get off to eat and drink and poop...

    I would bring the other two in -- the head down, bum up ones.. and check them over.. keep them warm.. see if they are eating and drinking..

    Use the search here for "giving oral medications".. "giving food and water by mouth"... "giving food and water orally".... "feeding a sick chicken".. and, as I mentioned... check for eggbound.. sitting on the nest is the pointer to a laying problem on the two that are sitting .. BUT... a hen can go broody and have no eggs to sit on.. they will sit on anything and even an empty nest... so.. . check them out -- if they seem well otherwise, or get better and go back to the nest.. you might want to divide up the eggs and give each one some of them. You MIGHT have three broody hens at the same time?

    Good luck... best and more info can be found here on BYC by using the search option. I hope they are fine and all comes out o.k.

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