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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My chicken has been in her coop for three days and will not

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My chicken has been in her coop for three days and will not move. I took her out, placed her on the ground and she could not move. She is missing her feathers on her belly.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

Denise, it's important to distinguish if Goldie wouldn't move or couldn't move. For example, broody hens will resist being moved to the point of being aggressive toward you. They may pluck their feathers as part of nesting behavior. Their droppings are less frequent but quite voluminous and odiferous. They may eat very little.

A hen that can't move is a paralyzed hen and these birds suffer from paralyzing disorders such as Marek's disease (herpesvirus), paromyxovirus, West Nile virus, equine encephalitis viruses, mycotoxins (toxins produced by molds on grains), or chemical toxins. Please tell me which scenario is present with Goldie.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I think she is brooding. We put her outside and she began yelling at us and fluffed herself up. She also began chasing another chicken. She wants to get back into the coop. We have no roosters. What can I do? Her poop is big and she can walk where this morning she wouldn't.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

Thank goodness. That beats being ill! Please review broodiness here: and then return to our conversation with further question or concerns.