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Poorly hen :(
Wed 16-Jul-14
11:04 pm
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smokerscottage
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Hi everyone, 

I posted a couple of months ago that we had recently aquired some hen &  cockerel (2 gold laced orpingtons and 3 Marsh daisys) They have been a joy to have and they have been a steady supply of gorgeous eggs. We got them a plastic house 2 weekends ago and transferred them in and since they have stopped laying. Does any one have any ideas? 

Also my favourite (Marge- the orpington hen) has taken to sitting on the ground for hrs at a time and them moving to another spot an sitting for another length of time. Her bum is larger than usual (orpingtons have 'pooofey' bums anyway) she is usually very active and always runs up to you when you go up to see them but she is very larthrgic and I'm starting to get worried now. Please if anyone can think of the reason/solution I could try I would be very grateful. 

 

Thanks x

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Thu 17-Jul-14
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Hi Cheryl

We don't have any hens (yet!) so I can't help you, sorry.  But there are several hen keepers here, as I'm sure you know, so I expect one of them will be able to help you when they come on here.  Poor thing (the hen that is!) having a bigger bum than usual, I feel for her.....mine expanded when I started using HRT big_laughcry

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Sat 19-Jul-14
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Sorry only just found this. Have a look at the Omlet website, or back yard chickens. Just google the names. I have Buff Orpingtons and they are generally very easy birds. Chickens can go down hill very quickly. Going off lay is normal if you changed their house,they will lay again once settled. It is possible your hen is egg bound, sometimes one gets stuck! My older girls lay duck egg sized double yolkers which must be hard to pass! Do you have any other poultry keepers locally? I am sorry I cannot be of much help but my flock are free range, organic and sort themselves out. Occasionally I lose one to sickness but it is rare. Time gives you more confidence and I google any problems, then sift what I read!

Hope all goes well and do not let one sick hen spoil your enjoyment of having them.

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Fri 25-Jul-14
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One week on and the little Orpington is right as rain again. We out a calcium additive to her water and within a day she had laid her egg and looking much better and back to her usual self- and her bum was back to her usual little poof. 

 

The he others started laying again almost as soon as the Orpington was laying again too so we are back to picking up 3-4 from them again but I'm just glad they are happy in they're new home and everyone is well again 

 

thankyou for all your help and support 

 

Cheryl 🙂 

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