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    • CommentAuthorgrahame77
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2010 5:27pm (May 18th 2010)
    Hi any advice would be welcomed
    My 2 year old hen just looks a bit strange - her back is 'up' and her tail is down and she just seems to be walking very's hard to describe.
    She is eating and drinking normally and bobbing about the garden with the others...but she just looks really odd. Her rear end looks normal.
    Any ideas anyone?
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2010 8:24pm (May 18th 2010)

    Keeper of the hens

    Hi, :welcome: grahame

    Sounds like the typical way a hen walks when she's not feeling very well. Head down, droopy tail, not walking as much as normal - the fact she is eating and drinking is a good sign.]

    How old is she and does she regularly lay eggs?

    She could be egg bound, so feel her belly - vent area to see if you can feel an egg there (a solid round lump). You can feed her bread dipped in olive/vegetable oil which might help; and also a warm bath if she is egg bound will help.

    Feed her activated yoghurt, which is beneficial for chickens, and cottage cheese. Add a little apple cider vinegar to her water, it's a general pick-me-up for chickens!

    She could also have a crop problem, but as she is eating and drinking I wouldn't guess at that. The olive oil and ACV will help with that anyway, as will yoghurt, and you can massage her crop daily to see if that helps anything.

    Check her feathers for mites, too. If your chickens have perches, run your finger tips underneath the perches and if they come away stained red that indicates mites are hiding there.

    Does her poop look normal?

    If she doesn't pick up or gets worse within a few days, a vets' appt might be in order :001_smile:
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2010 9:02pm (May 18th 2010)
    Hi grahame great to see you here come back and keep us informed on how she is doing :bigsmile: