I think you are giving them to many goodies and they are full and not eating their feed. I would go a few days of no goodies and see if they are eating more feed. I didn't feed mine to many scraps or scratch until they were…"
"I'm guessing that just 1 heat light for 34 keets was not enough and might have caused them to pile on each other and some got smothered or crushed trying to get under the light. If the light is just hanging in open space and …"
"Hi Rachel, I know I did all I could but it took to long to figure out the cause. There was no info on a spider bite or snake bite anywhere for a chicken. Atleast maybe by posting here it will save someone elses hen. I guess being from the north and…"
"Hi Dawn, I had ordered several chicken health and disease books during this 2 weeks of hell and had trolled the internet for hours. Unfortunately most things have similiar symptoms and the odd symptoms she had werent in the book. I had ran…"
"Oh gosh Cheryl, I am so sorry. I thought there had to be something else wrong when you said her belly was all big and bloated and she couldn't walk. I just didn't know how to help you. It makes me feel so bad. I will try to look it up in…"
"I thank you for your continued responses.
Lucy passed away last night. :-(
She had turned to bones with a giant liquid filled belly.
The liquid was brownish red and I have no idea what was wrong.
Its possible she was bit by a snake as…"
"I moved the hen to her own cage 3 days ago.
Her belly is so bloated she cant stand up. Shes really uncomfortable but eating.
I checked for egg but didnt feel anything. When I held her up she passed some whitish goo out her vent.
I dont know…"
"I agree. There seems to be alot of different opinions and ways to deal with broody hens. I just took mine off the nest every afternoon and closed the coop so that she couldn't get back in. Then she had no choice but to run with the others. She…"
"It really sounds to me like she's broody. She'll most likely stop laying all together in the next few days... I personally let my hens set through their broody spell... but I've heard of other people putting their broody hens into…"
"Thank you for the responses.
Yes the poop is egg without the shell. Their are very few feathers on her belly. I have always had a bowl of oyster shells for them to choose in the cage. I have 2 of these RIR hens and a rooster housed together. They…"
"One of my girls went broody a couple of times already this spring/summer but, I don't remember her comb getting pale. Her belly was warm, of course, b/c she never got off of it except for when I picked her up and put her out in the yard for her…"
Hi Cheryl we are neighbors, I live in south east Georgia and just moved out to the country last August.We have 3.5 acres and four hens and two roosters, already lost three hens to a raccoon but we took care of that problem quickly. Now in this spring I will get four more hens and rid of one of the roosters, we hope to get a cow and a couple of goats. I'm looking forward to spring so I can start planting a garden have already got my seeds.So welcome!