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Sinmara

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Despondent hen
« on: September 13, 2017, 19:17 »
I'm not quite sure what's up with one of our hens, Emma. We've got 4 young hens, all of them have been laying quite regularly for about 2 1/2 months. Last month one of them got broody for a week, and after we put her into an isolation cage she came out of it and started laying again. On Sunday we put all four of them into a second enclosure (which is full of grass) while we were mucking out their enclosure and cleaning everything. They've eaten a lot of grass and seemed to enjoy it.

Ever since then Emma has been mostly staying in the coop, sometimes sitting in the nest box, sometimes just being in the coop. I feed them corn and mealworms as a treat (not much, just half a cup full for all of them) and they usually gobble them down, including Emma. Since Sunday she does come out of the coop when she hears us coming, but she only sporadically pecks at the treats, and today she was just walking around the other hens and ignoring the treats.

I picked her up and checked everything - her vent is fine, I couldn't find anything hard around there (no egg is stuck), her eyes looked clear, she was walking around like normal. Her crop was empty though. She drank as well. Oh yes, and she stopped laying eggs :( I couldn't see any mites or worms (I treat them with diamaticious earth).

Not sure what's wrong with her! We thought initially she's broody, but when she comes out of the coop and I get the eggs out, they are cold, so she's not sitting on them.
« Last Edit: September 13, 2017, 19:19 by Sinmara »


grinling

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Re: Despondent hen
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2017, 19:47 »
If access to grass they will eat less pellets. Mine have been staying in a bit due to the weather as well as sulking as they no longer free range the whole garden. They have also been moulting. The legbars lost tail feathers whereas the maran looks ready for the oven!!
The last one has stopped laying, but yet to moult.
Check under wings for temperature and compare with the others.
Are the eyes clear, clear breathing and if possible look at poo.
Is the run covered and dry or wet?

Sinmara

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Re: Despondent hen
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2017, 20:00 »
Thanks for the reply :)

We've had a lot of rain and it's pretty muddy in there - the run is half covered and we've put large boards on some tyres so they can run on them and don't have to run in the mud all the time.

Eyes are clear and she's breathing normally - will check for temperature tomorrow.

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Re: Despondent hen
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2017, 18:56 »
It could be the weather as mine are not keen on rain or wind. The run with the house has a solid roof and covered half the sides with polytunnel sheeting, the rest is open. They will stay inside the house if very bad weather  :wacko:

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Re: Despondent hen
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2017, 16:08 »
Hey SINMARA,
You could have been writing about my pullet.
How is your hen?
I checked mine over same as you did, only difference once she was laid down - fluid came out her beak. I just put it down to her crop emptying. It was quite watery.

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Re: Despondent hen
« Reply #5 on: Today at 10:23 »
 :(
She died.

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