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    • CommentAuthorjoannec
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2008 8:36pm (Feb 13th 2008)
     
    Hello all :)

    Thought quiet clucking wasnt as bad a runny poo!

    Specks my hen has gone really strange over the past couple of days, she is not coming out of the hen house when i open up first thing in the morning although goldie (her pretend sister) is being her normal self, she is also making a quiet clucking sound not her normal glorbal, when she does decide to come out she will peck at the grass and bask in the sun, i have noticed runny poo from both of them recently but they have been having cucumber and tomato scraps, i have put plenty of straw in the house to keep her as comfortable as possible im just worried there is something wrong :( can anyone give me any tips please????? oh because it has been really cold in sunny brum over the last week or so some mornings we have given them warm wheatabix but specks hasnt seemed that bothered. also another thing to add is they have been laying eggs all over winter but have suddenly stopped and the last time i saw specks lay one it had a soft shell and then i think she eat it. Ohhhhhh im so confussed Red i need your help!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2008 9:02pm (Feb 13th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I think (hope) that Specks has "gone broody" - I say hope as it's perfectly natural and definitely easier to treat than something else (and more nasty) that it could be.

    When a hen goes broody, it will sit tight in the nest box (even if there are no eggs under her sometimes!) and she will only come down to eat and poo (and those poo's will STINK - sorry Diane :) ) She'll run a temperature too (to keep the eggs warm) and may pluck feathers off her chest (I think again to transfer more heat to the eggs). She'll also make a weird quiet clucking noise if you or other hens get too close to her, or if she finds food - it's strange but their behaviour completely changes. It's similar to the clucking they make when they have chicks and are calling them over to eat something tasty.

    Does she look massive at the moment - all feathers fluffed out? And is the clucking like a soft "brrrrrrrrrr" (with rolling r's)? Sounds like broodiness if it is...

    The shell-less egg may just be because they're coming to the end of lay for the year (weird timing!) - maybe they are molting or just having their winter break late, it sometimes causes strange eggs (we had one about 2 cm long from end to end, other than that it was a perfect egg!)

    Runny poo isn't too worrying as long as it's not all the time - hens seem to do a runny one now and again (making me feel slightly queasy)

    If she's not broody then I'm afraid it would be an urgent trip to the vet as it could be anything from disease to blood-poisoning from been egg-bound (we lost a hen this way - it's an awful thing). From your description though I do think it's broodiness, which is ok!

    If she is broody, then you can let her grow out of it naturally (after a week or two she'll realise nothing's hatching), or you can get her some fertilised eggs to sit on (chicks are so cute), or you can try and break her out of it by quarantining her from the others and I think you have to have a mesh floor for her to sit on (the air flow makes her abandon the nest) - not the nicest of things to do to a hen but it's for her own good in a way as she'll be using a lot of energy maintaining her fever and not eating.

    Hope this helps, I'm sure Scarlet will have more info. Let us know how you get on.

    Neil
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2008 9:41pm (Feb 13th 2008)
     
    I love reading proper Hen info on here! It has been very cold down here this week - the early mornings are very frosty - but when the sun hits you its great. My son's been working in a t-shirt today!

    I hope your hen is OK Joanne - were you logging on when Milly was broody and hatched some chicks? It was a lovely time. Good luck and let us know how she is.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2008 1:34am (Feb 14th 2008)
     
    Yes I hope so too. I love it as well when this site serves as a help to actual hen keepers! Be well, Specks!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2008 1:25pm (Feb 14th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It's something like every 3rd poo out of a chicken's bottom that is runny, depending on what they have been eating...Broody poos are the worst too, they are massive and they absolutely stink. SORRY DIANE! Runny poo just seems to get everywhere... :D

    It does sound like Specks could be broody...a tell-tale sign of broodiness is hoarding the eggs underneath her, and when someone comes to collect the eggs fluffing her feathers and 'growling' at them. When Tilly went broody and we tried to get the eggs from underneath her, she actually attacked your hand :shocked:

    Also, when she does come out food (which she should, once or twice a day) don't worry if she's making strange "buck, buck, buck" noises...that's her calling to her 'chicks' that she has food. Broodiness isn't usually anything to worry about, and you can normally leave a hen to it and she'll eventually realise her eggs won't hatch. This may take a while (it took Tilly over a month!) but as long as Spekcs is eating, drinking, and pooping then she'll be fine :) Some breeds of chicken are much more likely to go broody - silkies for example make brilliant mothers, and tend go broody a few times every summer.

    On the other hand it's a perfect oppertunity to slip some fertile eggs underneath her if you're wanting chicks! Keep us up to date with Specks and how she is doing :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2008 5:57pm (Feb 14th 2008)
     
    I worried the first time Sage went broody; I thought she was ill, too! Four chicks later, I recognise the pattern now.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2008 7:08pm (Feb 14th 2008)
     
    Awww. This is worth all the s**t talk. :P
    • CommentAuthorjoannec
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2008 8:18pm (Feb 14th 2008)
     
    Thank you all so much for your comments. Can specks still be broody if she is a hybrid??? and is not laying eggs??? i went to the hen house this morning its still cold here but not frozen anymore i opened the door saying morning girls as i always do so they know its me and specks hopped out first and headed straight to the food bowl i couldnt beleive it i have been that worried i thought she wouldnt be with me anymore you know what i mean dont want to say it!!!!!!!!!! but she seemed absolutely fine and happy, goldie soon followed and chased my kitten round the garden. Im so pleased i hope she stays well. Once again thank you so much, i will log on again tomorrow to keep you all updatted, runny poo lives on. : ) xxxxxx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2008 8:59pm (Feb 14th 2008)
     
    The first time Sage went broody there were no eggs; that's why I was so worried. One thought kept me going through those days of dread and worry...............................................................................
    RUNNY POO! :crazy:
    • CommentAuthoroli in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2008 10:44pm (Feb 14th 2008)
     
    and this isn't even the R............P................ thread !
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th, 2008 12:20am (Feb 15th 2008)
     
    I'm really glad Specks is better - kids are like that. They're ill, sick, diarrhoea, temperature, rashes, bumps, bruises, but get them to the doctors office and they run around like a superhero and make you look a liar. (Personal experience - many times!)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th, 2008 10:49am (Feb 15th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yes, hybrid's can go broody too...And usually when a hen goes broody she will stop laying eggs so she can concentrate on raising her chicks....then when her chicks are around 5 - 10 weeks old she will start laying again, and it's usually around this time that the chicks are left to fend for themselves.

    I'm glad she seems to have snapped out of it - you wait though, next time you go out and check she'll be back up there on those eggs, growling away :D
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th, 2008 3:40pm (Feb 15th 2008)
     
    Dogs do it too; we called the vet to our labrador who was having a dreadful fit. When the vet arrived he was greeted by Ben the dog with a fanfare on the squeaky duck and a waggy tail...:\
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th, 2008 6:43pm (Feb 15th 2008)
     
    When I read Red's post, then yours CC, I thought you were saying your dog sits on eggs and growls!!!!! :jumping:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th, 2008 6:50pm (Feb 15th 2008)
     
    Um, no. Go and sit in a quiet corner with a large G&T, poppet!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th, 2008 6:57pm (Feb 15th 2008)
     
    Its been a hard day!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th, 2008 7:24pm (Feb 15th 2008)
     
    Evidently...;)
    • CommentAuthoroli in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th, 2008 8:22pm (Feb 15th 2008)
     
    Woopee, it's Friday and all the weekend spreads out before me.
    Had a dickens of a week. I had dreadful head cold and felt lousy. School half term so had grand daughter to amuse, then she goes down on Wednesday with vommitting and again today. I don't think she washes her hands never mind properly...
    Now sitting in my 'nest' in my lounge with a very large sherry.. vunderbar... (sp?) prob vuunderbaar

    Quiet cluck from oli..... just to keep on topic.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th, 2008 8:40pm (Feb 15th 2008) edited
     
    Wunderbar. I think... anyway, make sure you don't catch the lurgy from sproggo. Make her sleep in the shed and put plenty of newspaper and straw in because it's a bit nippy. See? I AM good with children!
    Have a LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGE sherry for me...only 3 weeks of Lent to go. Sigh... Quiet cluck...;)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th, 2008 9:39pm (Feb 15th 2008)
     
    I sometimes wish I drank but I just don't like the stuff. I'm always the driver.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th, 2008 10:17pm (Feb 15th 2008)
     
    Kate, I don't drink either..I'm always the driver too.
    • CommentAuthoroli in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th, 2008 9:23am (Feb 16th 2008)
     
    My Mum taught me to drink.. When I was nearly 40.
    We went on holiday together to Tenerife (hot place in the Mediteranian) each day we had Campari at coffee time and carried on from there.
    A great week, it rained most of the time! Unheard of there....
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th, 2008 5:09pm (Feb 16th 2008)
     
    Nearly 40?? :shocked: Late developer then! Someone told me today that she was put off Campari when she heard it was made from beetles... I wonder if she meant it's coloured with cochineal?
    • CommentAuthorPeter16
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 6:56am (Mar 10th 2008)
     
    I would say broody too, and dont be too worried if you see a couple runny poo's each day, a hen will do several ceacel (sp?) stools everyday.
    I wish on of my girls would go broody
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 9:02am (Mar 10th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We wanted Milly to go early when we got these eggs, but considering all the rain it probably wouldn't have been a very good idea anyway. Broodies are so much easier though, just let them do all the work :bigsmile:

    They do it so easily too that it's crazy, we have to faff about with temps and turning...and they do it without even thinking.