Originally Posted by season1223
Thanks for all the info everyone! She does free range and gets a great deal of exercise but shes greedy with snacks too and sometimes seems to be too heavy for her legs! She is laying eggs everyday now tho! Shes my favorite chicken cuz she runs to me everytime she sees me outside and she will peck at the front door if i don't come out soon enuf for her! She eats out of my hand and lets me hold her! Her BFF is a female duck who watches over her as if she is her baby! I hope she exceeds the usual life span! Is her weight the reason she doesn't fly? She sleeps on the ground!
Yep...she's too bulky to manage flying up to a roost. You might fix her up a roost she can manage like a hay bale or similar soft spot that is broad and not too high. Sleeping on a hard surface can start putting pressure areas on her breast and cause damage there. If your nest boxes are high it could be why she's laying on the ground also. A nest box on the floor with some copious amounts of hay in it might entice her to lay in a nest.
Like the others have posted, she'll last longer if she has restricted feed and has to exercise more, but she will not live as long as your other hens and you'll need to watch for signs of lameness, breathing issues that indicate ascites or cardiac insufficiency and that would be a good time to kill her, then utilize her for her intended purpose...meat. No need to let her suffer before she finally dies by hoping she'll recover, as she simply won't.