Q. Not sure if you will remember me….I’m the chicken lover from Queensland , Australia. I am really worried about one of my chickens this morning as she is behaving oddly. Being new to the whole chicken experience I’m not sure if my worries are founded and need some advice. She is moving very slowly and then pausing for long periods of time (like frozen moments)….not the usual darting of the eyes and head movements and the other chickens seem confused as well about her behavior. Is this normal? Should I be veting?
Confused, worried….please reply with your advice. Regards Madonna
A. Sorry to hear of this latest problem with your flock. Has anything
changed to your hen recently since your email — any new symptoms, etc?
Since you said you are new to the whole experience of chickens, I was
wondering if you watched to see if the hen is broody? You probably already
know what broodiness is, but is she keeping her feathers puffed up and is
Maybe you can give me a little more info on how the hen is acting,
such as if she’s making any sound, is eating, is laying any eggs, etc.
There is a lot of knowledgeable people on these forums that have
helped me many times. I’m not chicken expert myself, so they might be able
to give you a definite answer.