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    • CommentAuthorthe ashcrofts
    • CommentTimeSep 5th, 2009 10:50pm (Sep 5th 2009) edited
    Hi all,

    One of my beloved 24 week old chickens is not acting her usual self. The sisters were let out for a peck in the garden earlier and all was fine. They were put away in the run before we popped out for a couple of hours and on our return home I went down to see them and was not greeted by Lottie in the usual LET ME OUT manner.

    I opened the run and her sis Lola shot out as normal, Lottie just sat at the back of the run looking sorry for herself. Watched her for 5 mins and she drank loads of water which I thought was a good sign.

    She did leave the run eventually but seemed pretty uninterested in everything, even a worm I presented to her! Her tail is pointing downwards and she keeps stretching her legs and closing her eyes. There are no strange discharges from her and she looks normal apart from what I have stated.

    She didn't put herself to bed tonight instead choosing the log in the run to perch on. I picked her up (no battle there for a change!), had a good look at her and plonked her on the perch in the coup.

    I popped back down to the coup about an hour ago and received a filthy look from the pair for waking them up with a torch! She didn't look any better though.

    We were treated to our first egg yesterday, but we think it was Lola chicken not Lottie. (she was spotted smugly walking down ramp before we found egg!)

    Any ideas what's wrong with her?

    Thanks in advance.
    • CommentAuthorthe ashcrofts
    • CommentTimeSep 6th, 2009 1:30pm (Sep 6th 2009)
    Panic over after a warm bath, and plenty of tlc she has delivered an EGG!!! EGGCELLENT!!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 6th, 2009 1:58pm (Sep 6th 2009)
    I'm so glad - I bet you are too! Happy eggs - may they be less stressful from now on...:)
    • CommentTimeSep 6th, 2009 4:02pm (Sep 6th 2009)
    Phew! That must've been such a relief! Glad she's OK now.

    All these people giving chickens baths and Shobhna bathing a baby, I feel left out. Wonder if the cat would like a quick dip?! (no, I'm NOT mad enough to try it!)
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 6th, 2009 5:09pm (Sep 6th 2009)
    Posted By: Kateb Wonder if the cat would like a quick dip?!

    Best stock up on the Dettol if you're going to try it, Kate! :shocked:
    • CommentTimeSep 6th, 2009 11:10pm (Sep 6th 2009)
    ... and book myself in for some plastic surgery to repair the damage she'll inflict!
    • CommentTimeSep 7th, 2009 4:37pm (Sep 7th 2009)

    Keeper of the hens

    Egg bound is most common in pullets, first eggs can be a pain to squeeze out :bigsmile:

    Glad you recognised the signs and were able to treat it, love to you and your girls :bighug:
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeSep 28th, 2009 7:35pm (Sep 28th 2009)
    Hi Ashcrofts - sorry this is late but trying to dip in and catch up having not been on for a while. Glad everything workout for you and Lottie.