My neighbours gave me their 16 hens back in August. The hens are egg layers and are about 4 years old. In September one of the hens started to look poorly. Her tail feathers were down and when she walked she seemed to waddle. At first she didn’t come out of the hut and I was making sure she had some food and water regularly. After a couple of days which looked a bit touch and go she started to perk up and she even ventured outside. Her eating and drinking returned to normal which I was pleased to see. Although she was eating and drinking she was still waddling about and her tail feathers were down as you can see in the picture. I had a look at her vent and there wasn’t an egg stuck, so she wasn’t egg bound.
I am delighted to say that my hen has made a full recovery. I really don’t know what was the matter with her. Rob, my neighbour thought it was old age and my husband thought that we should have her culled but I am pleased to say that she has recovered and is now free ranging around the farm with the other chickens with a spring in her step. I have decided to name her Polly which sounds a bit like poorly!