Sorry in advance for the long post, but would be really appreciative of any advice!
I'm new to keeping chickens and have had my 4 (ex-bat) girls about 8 weeks now. They've settled in really well and 3 of them are doing fine.
Number 4 i'm a bit worried about.
When we first had them she was always the quiet one and in a corner minding her own business etc, she seemed to perk up after a week or so free ranging in the garden, but then last week i notice she's just not doing a lot.
She spends most of the day dozing off, is generally lethargic. She does eat & drink but is a little bullied by two of the others which puts her off a bit i think.
She doesn't really go off and scratch around the garden like the other three.
We bought her in overnight for two nights to keep an eye on her, which gave her the opportunity to eat as much as she wanted in peace and she did seem a little perkier in the morning.
She didn't lay on either night, I don't think she's egg-bound (would she still eat if she was egg-bound?)
Yesterday i put her in the garden in a run by herself for most of the day with her own food and water so she wouldn't be picked on and could eat as she liked. I Let her out with the others in the late afternoon&in the coop with the others last night,
however this morning she didn't even come out of the coop.... I had a look in at her and she didn't have any injuries i could see so i left her alone.
Any ideas what i should or could do? (before i take her to the vet)
She's kinda my favourite and is the most tame, she's very happy sitting on my lap being stroked like a cat.