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    • CommentAuthorchicken lady
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2016 5:14pm (Mar 24th 2016)
     
    Jenny Hen is not well, her wattles and comb are very red and her legs have a pink look to them, normally they are pale white. She is drinking but not seen her eating. She is not with the others and is just quietly standing or walking about. She laid yesterday but not today. She is about 2 years old.
    Anyone have any ideas as to what may be wrong,
    Chicken Lady:face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2016 6:09pm (Mar 24th 2016)
     
    Are there mites on her legs? Can you see any? That might be why they are pinkish.I always thought red comb and wattles was a good sign. not a bad one. Perhaps Neil will be along soon - he knows more about chickens than me. Look for 'mites' in the search part of the contents index above and you might find something useful there. Sorry not to be of more use. If you feel her crop is it hard? Sometimes they get impacted - that too might show in the search.
    • CommentAuthorchicken lady
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2016 8:06pm (Mar 24th 2016)
     
    Thanks Chief Chicken, they are all fast asleep now so will have a good look tomorrow for mites and have a feel at her crop in the morning.
    • CommentAuthorchicken lady
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2016 11:12am (Mar 25th 2016)
     
    I have had a look at Jenny this morning there are no red mites on her legs. Her crop was not hard but soft this morning. Didn't feel like there was somthing blocking it, it felt soft. I have put some apple cider vinager in the water today so hopefully this, and some gentle massage of her crop will clear the blockage if there is one. She is sunning in the garden herself at the moment.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2016 5:56pm (Mar 25th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Sorry I missed this - as CC said, usually when a hen has nice deep red comb and wattles it's a sign of health. You usually see them turning red after moulting, winter or when they first begin to lay.

    I have no idea why her legs would have changed colour - could this be something similar, possibly to do with the warmer weather or more daylight hours?? Only other thing I can think of is I believe there's an illness chickens can get which affects their legs, it might change the colouring a little but I don't remember how...I think it was called mud fever? Where there's lots of bacteria in the mud the chickens range in...hmm, it's probably not that but could be worth a look.

    Has she laid since? Does she normally lay regularly, and have her eggs been normal?

    If you feel her crop in the day, does it feel full? It should feel full in the day / evening, and empty in the morning. Anything hard, or if it feels squishy accompanied with bad breath, mean there could be a blockage.

    Adding Apple Cider Vinegar to the water is always a good idea, and you can also offer natural yoghurt - not only is this good for them but they normally love it too!

    How is she behaving, is her tail droopy? Is she fluffed up?

    It's horrible when chickens are poorly :( I hope your Jenny feels better soon.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2016 8:02pm (Mar 25th 2016)
     
    I'm so glad Red is here to advise...she's like a walking chicken encyclopaedia, Chicken Lady!:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorchicken lady
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2016 10:22am (Mar 26th 2016)
     
    Thanks Red for your tips. She is brighter today walking around more and interested in what is going on. Her crop was not full this morning I will see how it feels tonight. Not laid for a few days and her last few eggs were smaller and the shell was not as dark as normal.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2016 11:57am (Mar 27th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Like Scarlet and CC say, red wattle/comb are usually a good sign and indicate a hen is ready or is already laying... No idea on why a hens legs would change colour though unless it was something like scaly leg mite which can change the appearance, but that's nothing like you describe.

    If you can, it might be worth keeping her away from the other hens - that enables you to firstly monitor how much she's eating and drinking, and also allows you to inspect her poo (what goes in and what comes out of a hen are good signs of their health!)

    As long as she's eating and drinking, still laying and not droopy feathered or depressed looking, it's a good sign.

    I did read somewhere that as a chicken matures it's legs can change colour - so maybe it's just that? They like to keep you on your toes...! ;)

    The different egg colour/shape might mean she's just started to lay for the year and getting back into it - or have they had a scare recently which can mess their eggs up for a short while...? Definitely something to keep an eye on.

    Oh, and if you want to check for mites, unless there's a huge infestation you need to check under the perches in a morning - wipe your hand along the underside and if there are streaks of red on your fingers, you have mites. They hide away in cracks during the day and come out to feast on your girls at night :( Just typing that makes me itch... Let us know what you find. I think it's lice that live on the bird and you can find by checking the feathers around the vent and under the wings etc.
    • CommentAuthorchicken lady
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2016 10:32am (Mar 31st 2016)
     
    Well, Jenny hen is running around like normal. But not laying. I think her poo is a bit loose when i muck out in the morning, the poo under the perch where she sits is not as formed at the others. Thought it could be worms so will get some wormer just in case. Thanks for all your advice it's great to have someone else to talk to.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorchicken lady
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2016 10:39am (Mar 31st 2016)
     
    Forgot to say can't see any lice on her. I do have some red mites I have a removable perch and counted about 10 on it. I will give thr hen house a good go with the poultry shield this weekend.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2016 12:22pm (Mar 31st 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chicken ladyForgot to say can't see any lice on her. I do have some red mites I have a removable perch and counted about 10 on it. I will give thr hen house a good go with the poultry shield this weekend.


    Just need to add, if you spot 10 "out in the open", there will be thousands hidden in cracks and crevices, and their population can explode very quickly given favourable conditions (source of food and good weather is enough) - my advice would be put on some rubber gloves, give the coop a massive dusting of DE or poultry shield ASAP (tonight if possible) and then run in to the house for a shower!

    Good luck, I really, really hate red mite. I think we've all been there so you have our thoughts and support :)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2016 5:20pm (Mar 31st 2016)
     
    oh poor you Chicken Lady it has been a mild winter so there will be a lot about I must check chewbaccas house and get some DE in her bedding as prevention thanks for reminding me to check xxx
    • CommentAuthorchicken lady
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd, 2016 8:05pm (Apr 3rd 2016)
     
    Thanks for your help.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 4th, 2016 12:54am (Apr 4th 2016)
     
    Why dont you join us in a coffee and chat Chicken lady ? Im afraid you have to do your own coffee but its real good to meet mew friends xxx