I have a problem with one of my chickens.
Here's the story - This is Nutmeg, Nutty for short. She's a sweet bantam hen who's stop laying, and her butt is all swelled. She stands around looking like this, with her butt down, tail down, looking miserable. However, if I put treats out in the pen, she's runs and fights with the other hens to get her fair share. At first I assumed she was eggbound.
Last weekend I gave her too many warm, 20 minute baths in the sink to even count. I blow-dried her and massaged her bum to help her to relax. Nutmeg spent the weekend in my bathroom. She pooped a few times, but no eggs. She loves to eat and has a healthy appetite, she loves her treats. I didn't think eggbound hens would eat so well. And a week later, she still looks the same, but she's still alive. I didn't think an eggbound bird would live over a week without passing the egg.
And so, next I thought, maybe she has worms?
But she's the only bird with the symptoms. Could only one bird get worms? And that makes me think she's eggbound. Regardless, I'll get some garlic for the birds today.
What do you think?
I'll continue spa treatments for Nutty this weekend.
I'll show you some photos I took this morning of some of my other chickens.
Here's Leggy, one of the roosters. I love this big boy. His big, beautiful, and stupid. If he were a person he'd be a male model.
Muffin is the lead rooster. He's smart and super fast. A lean mean fighting machine. His mind is sharp as a whip and he can be dangerous.
This is my favorite bird, Lucy, a bantam hen. All she wants is to be taken away from all those other crazy chickens. She doesn't realize that she's a chicken, she thinks she's human and should hang with me. I wish she could, she's a darling.
Charlotte has always been our best mama hen. We call her Mama Charlotte, even though she has no babies now. We believe Nutty is her and Muffin's daughter.
Oh, Poor Nutty. Nobody else looks sick like Nutty.
Luna is a big girl with a fluffy butt.
Zoner is in the nest box.
Dotty is named after my Aunt Dorothy. Dotty's very fiesty and is always the first to race in for treats. She is Muffin's granddaughter, she's interited his speed, but she's still very friendly.
Have a nice weekend!
If anyone has any recommendations about Nutmeg, let me know!
I'll keep you posted on her condition.